BAREfeet on pavement have GREAT traction. I have never had a barefoot horse slip on asphalt, ...
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I agree, but in my years riding on the road, there are a couple situations to watch out for, one mentioned by skittle1120.
from grass/dirt onto asphalt. Your horse is not expecting the change
in traction and can slip. I've never had a horse fall, but the experience was similar to slipping while running though mud.
- Very steep hills when wet. Sometimes I ride asphalt walking paths through the woods and some have very
steep inclines. Normally we trot up these to maintain momentum, but once I had to slow to a walk to avoid some folks walking their dog. The path was wet, and without momentum, our poor mare was desparately trying to dig her toe in to get traction, but wound up falling on my foot. She got right back up with only a scrape and I had a swollen ankle for a month. I know this is an extreme case, no road is ever that steep, and I've put the experience on my "stupid things that I've done and lived to tell about" list.
Other than that, I've never had a problem on asphalt. I don't go above a walk on concrete, but that's just my gut telling me that, like people jogging, running on concrete might be a little rough on their joints.