Yes there are studs for boots but I don't believe you can event in them and I don't like the amount of torque they put on the joints.
Interesting. I'm fairly new to all this. If I'm understanding you, studs are needed for some eventing where boots are not allowed? If so, I'm betting boots will become allowed as the years pass.
I won`t ride with boots in the mountains, that aren`t studded.
All hoofboots that I have tried , and that is quite a list!, get about zero traction, once mud gets packed onto that sole, and if you try to climb a steep slippery slope, it becomes plain dangerous!
Interesting #2. I may think about studs for the fronts. I was following two riders up a very very steep and very very muddy slope a while back and Hondo felt like a motorcycle spinning up a hill. He has Renegades on the front now but when they are worn out he will get gloves on the front which he has on the hinds now.
Hondo is at about the 6 month point in transition since his shoes were pulled. I can ride him barefoot on hard gravely surfaces now without any discomfort by him. But if he throws a boot working in the rocks, he gets some pretty large chips in his quarters. I've become pretty adept at jumping off, unstrapping his gloves, and putting them back on with a rock. Actually only his right hind. He would twist of the Renegade also on just the right hind. I put a power strap on and it helped but he still got out of it once on the last two roundups. I bought some athletic tape but haven't done a roundup since. But the boot really comes off harder so I'm expecting success.
About the mustangs. They say they average 20 miles per day grazing. I spent 3-4 months camping in the Pinenut Mountains East of Carson City, Nevada during the summer months for four years. I did a lot of hiking and saw and watched several wild herds. They grazed over all terrain at a very slow walk. If alarmed enough to clear an area, they always used trails that had been developed from their travels.
I spent a lot of time watching their behavior and trying to get as close as I could. From what I saw and from my experiences with Hondo charging through what might as well be fields of cut up chunks of angular steel with sharp edges, I question whether a wild mustang could spend very much time running through that stuff without damage. I think they'd need boots or shoes.
That said, I'm a newbie that just got here. (but i'm learning!)