I have a pair of steel toed running shoes as well. They were just the cat's meow when I was training my OTStd to watch where she put her feet! I've been stepped on many times with those shoes and nary a problem. It's awfully funny to see the horse react when he is standing crooked (on one of my feet) and I haul off and kick him with my other foot! LOL.
But when I looked at the tip of my boot, I knew I dodged one. And we weren't THAT deep in the dark yet...still had light from the arena behind us.
Problem is, I think, she wants to rush back to her nice safe barn and she's not following my pace.. In fact, this is the first horse that did this...kind of rushed me while we walk.
I have to ask my instructor if she's being pushy or if she's rushing because it's night and she doesn't like it and how to handle it in the dark. I like to do what I call the old lady walk and walk real slow then speed faster, slower...to make her walk my pace and concentrate on me. I better get stronger boots fast!