Boots or Shoes with Studs Or Barefoot on Slippery Surface
I noticed people do have different opinions on these.
On clay, mud or grass what would be good?
My horses have done well barefoot on all kinds of surfaces but have slipped twice in life time (2 different horses). Once on wet grass other on clay. I tend not to turn fast when riding on surfaces that are slippery but have done it.
People say that shoes will stop you from slipping on wet grass/clay or mud etc. I then read that is not so and I have seen many horses slip and they wore shoes just as horses without shoes have. I don't feel/see much of a difference either as I have ridden shod horses. There are shoes that have studs and that seems to do a better job, but could boots achieve this as well or would they fall off.
Say you are doing cross country or barrel racing on wet grass or clay (although highly unlikely...or have you guys ever tried that?). Would you feel safer if your horse had studs or boots or would it not make a difference and would even go barefoot.
My horses are barefoot and I would like to stay that way as I have never run into problems but am curious about riding on slippery surfaces. If I were to put shoes on. My horse hooves would have to adjust all over again and it would take a while to get back to the way they are now if I were to go back to barefoot. I thought about boots but wondered if they would work against me and my horse or not as I have never tried them either. Also depends on the horse as some are really skilled at moving on slippery surfaces.
What do you think and what are your experiences?
Last edited by Cintillate; 01-02-2013 at 02:09 PM.