Doonsmum...I totally agree with you. I have HUS horses, and they are pampered, but in no way are they "bubble wrapped". They are able to be horses, run the fields, lay in the sunshine, etc. I would NEVER intentionally ride them in a muddy soupy sloppy environment that would put them at risk for slipping/injuring themselves/ripping a shoe off. They are much too valuable to put them in that situation. I wouldn't even do that to any of my ranch horses. Ride in a wet sandy arena? Sure, because those usually aren't slippery.