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Re: [RC] Shoes and slipping - Truman Prevatt

One popular ride around here is to ride about 10 to 15 miles through the forest to a small town restaurant for breakfast. There is about a half mile walk from where you come out of the woods to the restaurant to down a paved road. The road is not busy - you seldom see a vehicle. On my old walking horse mare, I would usually just ride her down the road at a walk but sometime we would gait. One day I meet up with my endurance buddies on their Arabs and we head up. I just trot on out of the woods and down the road. They start yelling. I turn around and their horses are slipping and sliding around on the pavement. I stop, they get off and lead their horses down the side of the road. I stay on and walk on down.

When I rode the Jbird there the first time, he came on the pavement and it was like ice skating - so I got off pretty quickly.

I think a lot of how a horse handles slick footing is a function of the horse. The old mare had very quick feet, a quiet upper body was extremely sure footed in slick going. She was almost like a ballerina in tough footing, from pavement to mud uphill, downhill or on the flat. She always kept her balance and her center of gravity (even with a rider aboard) in balance. She had an amazing talent for doing that.

I've ridden a lot of horses in my few years on this earth and have never ridden one that was good at that as she was.


Sheila_Larsen@xxxxxxx wrote:
I think  it may depend on the type of shoe.  Wide web may slip differently
than a narrower shoe, rim shoes may slip differently from the previous two.
Small studs may also affect slipping (ok that may be the point of studs
,<grin>   ) Notice I didn't say which one slip more or less than the
others, but i remember not slipping as much with a rim shoe as they seemed
to provide more traction..  The way the horse moves may cause any of the
shoes to slip differently as well as the surface  factors.  Just a thought.

The wind flew.  God told to wind to condense itself and out of the flurry
came the horse.  But with the spark of spirit the horse flew by the wind
    - Marguerite Henry's King of the Wind


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[RC] Shoes and slipping, Sheila_Larsen