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post #31 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 12:35 AM
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Ouch, bigtime ouch! No one rides my horse barefoot or flip flops. Shoes or boots required
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post #32 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 09:27 AM
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I love how the tital says 'slightly graphic' haha i sure wasnt expecting this!
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post #33 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 12:56 PM
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I wear crocs when out with my horse. The second day that I had him he stepped on my foot and broke my toe. Even after that I still wear them.
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post #34 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 01:01 PM
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Due to a couple of similar injuries at our barn, no one, including visitors, are allowed around horses, outside their stalls in the barn, with open toed shoes. I do have to laugh at some of the teens though. They wear slippers...hey, they aren't open toe but they sure aren't going to protect.

The barn would like to, but can't enforce, open toes during shows wherepeople are just observing etc. All they can do is warn and hope people have the common sense not to get near a horse wearing sandals or flip flops.
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post #35 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 01:52 PM
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I always wear proper shoes around horses
whether riding or watching shows

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post #36 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 01:58 PM
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When I ride I wear well worn (very old) leather paddock boots. The leather is so soft and old I really don't believe they offer me any more protection than sneakers do.

I am not convinced that most English riders are offered much protection with their boots.
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post #37 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 02:10 PM
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Wow. I always wear full shoes if I am going to be anywhere near a horse. Sometimes just runners, but always a full covering. There is no reason not too. I had a OTStdbd that had a terrible paddling problem even at a walk and after one day of having her, I went out and bought steel-toed running shoes (my work boots are too big for summer wear). Sure enough, she eventually nailed my foot one day, but all I did was yell at her because I was angry, not because I was hurt. Also, steel-toes are great for reminding a horse where their feet are :)
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post #38 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexS View Post
When I ride I wear well worn (very old) leather paddock boots. The leather is so soft and old I really don't believe they offer me any more protection than sneakers do.

I am not convinced that most English riders are offered much protection with their boots.

I feel this way about my english boots......I feel pretty safe in my western boots though, been stepped on in those before and didn't feel much.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #39 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 06:21 PM
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I also ride motorcycles and in that sport we have a saying: ATGATT

It means All The Gear All The Time. There are countless graphic examples of riders who didn't wear appropriate attire and things went wrong (not always a crash either). The OP's picture serves as a good reminder that when we work with horses, we also need to be properly geared up. Proper footwear is probably one of the most important things we can wear around horses both in the saddle and on the ground. Unfortunately, protecting our feet is also one of those lessons that most of us have learned the hard (painful) way.
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post #40 of 48 Old 03-24-2012, 10:18 PM
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Wow, yee - oooouch! Bet that was fun.

I almost always wear my boots, except bareback, I just can't imagine riding bareback w shod feet.

I think if your number is up to get stepped on - its up. I have been stepped on w "full weight bearing" hoovsies twice, both times I was in soft mud and only got a bruised tootsie. However, I had the heel of my boot took the impact of my horse as he landed from jumping a bridge he felt was not engineered properly or something; that was excruciating, but by darn I had boots on!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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