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    03-31-2009, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
Raise your hand if you ride your horse barefoot!

I am getting my horse ready for a big trail ride (several hours) in June. I have been told that a large portion of the ride is along the road. When I mentioned this to the people at my barn they said "how do you expect to ride trails without shoes??" I've never ridden a horse with shoes...... Never had a problem. Then again, I've never ridden a ton on the road/asphalt. I prefer to go barefoot and will not ever use shoes unless it's necessary for health or correction. Is there anything I need to be aware of when riding on asphalt with a barefoot horse? I think he should be fine, but again, I don't have any experience with this long of a ride....usually they're usually all on the trails.
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    03-31-2009, 05:18 PM
I totally thought you were talking about barefoot people...

I ride my horse along asphalt but only at a walk and minimum trotting. It depends on the horse though. Some have stronger feet than others.

Could you bring some easy boots just in case?
    03-31-2009, 05:44 PM
Green Broke
Ya I could look into getting them. He has super strong feet,...gravel is like no big deal. Is there anything I should be concerned about or watch out for?

HAha ya barefoot people lol!!! Ill change it real quick
    03-31-2009, 06:19 PM
All my horses are barefoot sound. Daisy has softer feet than the others, but I just bring a hoofpick with me in case she steps on a rock, and we're good to go. I try not to do anything above a walk on asphault - minimal trotting as Spastic said. I watch out for the really chunky white rock/gravel type paths, as those can be painful, but asphault doesn't bother them. Thunder is pretty young, right? Young horses tend to have very hard, sound feet, and nothing seems to phase them. My 3 year old and two 4 year olds don't care about what's under their feet. It's my older mares, 14 and 16, that I pay more attention to. But all in all, they don't mind it, and asphault isn't terribly damaging to them. If you're really worried, a [pair] (apparently I had typed "mare" ha ha) of boots might be good to bring with you, just to give his soles a rest. :]

And on the notion of barefoot people... I ride barefoot myself all the time, ha. I love it. But maybe that's just me. ;]

ETA: Also, obviously, you'll want to watch out for pot holes, glass, trash, or small debris (screws, nails, that type of thing.) But I think that's a given. Lol.
    03-31-2009, 06:24 PM
Green Broke
Hey thanks!!! Ya I didn't think I was crazy that he'd be ok lol...yes he's 3. The people at my barn are just old farts lol that go with the "old" cowboy way fo thinking and don't think that any horse can go barefoot lol
    03-31-2009, 06:28 PM
Ha ha, no problem. I hope you two have fun! :] Bring pictures!
    03-31-2009, 06:30 PM
Green Broke
Of course!! Ya the BIG ride isn't until June 7th so that should be a blast....hundreds of horses on a several hour ride that starts early in the morning. I'm so super excited!!!!
    03-31-2009, 07:11 PM
Green Broke
Both my horses are barefoot and have never been sore thank god! I agree that on asphalt common sense rules, walking and very minimal trotting. As a matter of fact being barefoot on asphalt is easier on the horse than if he had shoes on.
    03-31-2009, 07:12 PM
Green Broke
Cool thanks guys!!
    03-31-2009, 07:13 PM
Personally, I'de be more worried riding on asphalt WITH shoes. If for some reason, a horse slips or goes down on asphalt with shoes on, it is near impossible for them to get up, and the metal just slides over the asphalt.

I ride my horses on trails all the time, and they are all barefoot.I walk/trot on asphalt, a bit fo canter, ride on footpaths, etc. No problems :]

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