My horses have been barefoot for the last 5-6 years. This summer I decided that I tired of them walking the edge of the trail, brushing me into trees, and being hesitant to really move forward on a rocky trail. So I put shoes on them for the rest of the summer and probably thru hunting season.
I took them out for long rocky ride last night to see if the shoes made a difference in my horses attitudes. ( and it absolutely made a huge difference).
We got going a little late, left the trail head at 6pm for what I hoped I could ride in 3 hours and be back before dark. Well my expectations were bigger than what I could actually do. We didn't get back to the trailer until almost 10pm. So the last 30 minutes we were riding in dimming light as dusk settled in.
During this part of the ride, I was following my daughter and we were pushing the horses fast to get back to the truck. Of course being the return to the trailer section of the ride, The horses were more than happy to cooperate and we held a fast trot or canter for the last mile or two.
As we traveled along in the growing darkness, I was reminded just how many SPARKS fly off horse shoes when they strike rocks. Utah has already had over 400 wildfires this fire season. It is a terrible year for fires. And while we are not seeing the problems that Colorado is, it is a year for concern.
So my question. Has anybody ever seen a fire started from the sparks off a horse shoe? Maybe I should have left my horses barefoot. Even though we don't see the sparks in the daytime, I'm sure they are present. Just more visable at night. I'd really hate to turn around and look back and see a column of smoke rising off a trail I just traveled.
A couple of photos from last nights ride. They are a little fuzzy because of how late it was getting and the low light conditions
Leaving the parking lot
Looking back on the climb up. The trail follows the river for 7 miles up the canyon then climbs up the draw you can see in this photo. So we came all the way up for the lowest point visable