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post #1 of 11 Old 06-17-2009, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Unloading horse on asphalt

It's kinda strange question, but... I know some people are going to the park this weekend. My problem though is the parking lot is all asphalt (unlike in other places where we have either grass or little crashed stone (like a soft one, not sure about the right name for it). I have stock trailer meaning she has to jump out (she ALWAYS goes head forward from trailer, I don't back her out). So my question is... Is it OK for the horse to unload on asphalt from step-up trailer? Wouldn't it to be too hard on her hoofs (she's barefoot)?
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-17-2009, 11:02 AM
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She'll be fine. In fact being barefoot works to her advantage, a hoof without shoes acts as a shock absorber. While asphalt is harder than grass it does still have some give. Don't worry about it!
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...and provides less slip. She'll be ok.

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Thank you, folks! It's certainly a relief. I know I'm always over-concerned about such things, but I'd rather be over then under. Lol!
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It is a good question, I'm glad you asked it. I would think metal shoes would be much more slippery.
Just FYI Kitten, ours is a black asphalt road. We ride out of the ditch and up onto the pavement, sometimes at a fast lope. We've never taken a slippery step.


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We've never taken a slippery step.
Until you hit the white painted lines....... I don't know what kind of paint they use on the roads up here, but the wide lines at stops signs are quite slippery and down right treacherous if there's any moisture. I used to ride a motorcycle and you had to watch out if you were going around a corner.
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Until you hit the white painted lines....... I don't know what kind of paint they use on the roads up here, but the wide lines at stops signs are quite slippery and down right treacherous if there's any moisture. I used to ride a motorcycle and you had to watch out if you were going around a corner.
Fortunate we live in a cheap county. No lines on the sides of the secondary roads. We're lucky to have the yellow no passing lines. Thanks for the heads up though.....or rather down!?


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It is a good question, I'm glad you asked it. I would think metal shoes would be much more slippery.
Just FYI Kitten, ours is a black asphalt road. We ride out of the ditch and up onto the pavement, sometimes at a fast lope. We've never taken a slippery step.
Thanks, Maureen! I actually didn't think about possibility of slipping. I was more concerned about the shock when she hit it while unloading. Good to know! :)
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The only time I would be concerned is if you were backing her out - her back legs could slide out from under her and under the trailer. Obviously that's not a problem for you though - enjoy your out ride!!


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post #10 of 11 Old 06-17-2009, 05:43 PM
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Yes, she'll be fine. Like G and K's Mom said, asphalt actually has some cushioning when 1000 lbs is on it.

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