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post #1 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Barefoot horsemen.

I posted a photo the other day of a horse with the young Filipino kid who was demonstrating that the horse was indeed rideable.
@walkinthewalk made the tongue in cheek comment that some folks would be reaching for an oxygen mask over some of the safety issues evident in the photo.

The guy is wearing the typical attire of rural folks here in the Philippines. Shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops (called tsinellas here).

I had to laugh with her because I also have a photo of the kid who helps us around the ranch, learning to clean out horses feet.

It’s a different world over here, where it is normal to see a family of five all on the same motorcycle.
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post #2 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 09:09 AM
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I notice the toes are curled under in what I take as a form of self protection in the event.
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by QtrBel View Post
I notice the toes are curled under in what I take as a form of self protection in the event.
Could be. I didn’t ask.

I did emphasize the need to be aware of muscle tension in the horse in order to have time to get the bare feet out of the way.
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post #4 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 10:14 AM
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I would think curling the toes under could lead to even more damage then a smashed toe.
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post #5 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 11:31 AM
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The mystery is why those flipflops don't fall off when riding.

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post #6 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 11:48 AM
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Curling the toes could grip the flip-flops to keep them on. Or, it could be the angle of the photo making it look like he's curling his toes.

I've ridden like that - shorts, t-shirt, no hat, no saddle or bridle/headcollar and completely barefoot. I'd hold on to the mane and ride with my seat. It caused a lot of arguments in my family though LOL. Especially as I used to teach at a riding school during the day, where i had to make sure everyone followed the safety rules, then come home and jump on my horse with no tack or hat.

I'm a lot older, a little wiser and more brittle .
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post #7 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 01:07 PM
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Seems to me that wearing flip flops while riding would be a constant reminder to keep your heels down. lol

I used to ride like that a lot back in the day. Back when missing a days work or more due to an injury never even entered my mind.

I still will ride or be around horses in this attire but less often. I am also more mindful of where my body parts are in relation to the horse.

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post #8 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 01:20 PM
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I can remember one time, and not that long ago, that I had to go and check the pond to be sure that it wasn't frozen over so I took my hatchet and started walking through the deep snow. I had turned the horses out and they were heading back there as well so I decided to get myself, with hatchet, up on my little Arab/Appy and ride down., No halter or lead or anything and as he was low man in the herd I had to keep threatening the "boss horse" with my hatchet to keep his distance. After I got the ice chopped, I climbed back on and had him take me back to the barn.

they say "We grow too soon old and too late smart" I guess this is a good example. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME11
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post #9 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 02:01 PM
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Ta' heck with the curling toes, I am impressed with those stalls!

Is that your new barn Cordillera?

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post #10 of 25 Old 10-13-2019, 06:56 PM
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Well I won't post any pics of me then. I'm usually barefoot on/around my horses.

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