This summer was the 2nd season my horses Smoke, Phlame, a good friend and I have traversed this amazing terrain. Summer 2010 saw us traveling over segments 6, 7, 8 and 9.The trail is divided into 28 of these. I use Gloves, on Smoke, and Original Easyboots on Phlame's front feet. Both horses do really well in boots and can also go barefoot much of the time, but riding 3 or 4 days straight I choose to boot.
In the past I have had some rubbing with the gators on steep downhill sections with Smoke. I have found that a loose wrap of duct tape around his pastern solves this problem. I carry extra boots with me, as well as extra screws and a multi-tool. Over the two summers we have had to stop for one repair and one boot replacement of a 8 yr old easy boot that just finally wore through. I love it when backpackers step off the trail to let us pass and always comment on our horses hiking boots!
This summer on Segment 6 we climbed up to 11,880 ft. to cross the Continental Divide on Georgia Pass, riding across the treeline tundra with wonderful views of Mount Guyot. Segment 6 ends at the old mining, turned modern ski town of Breckenridge. Backcountry camping with the horses is such a great time, both horse and rider depend on one another, creating a bond that can never be broken. The next day when my Arab, Phlame trotted along the 10 mile range at 12,500 ft. over loose rock with breath taking drop-offs, never missing a stride, well I had tears of pride and joy, what an amazing day!
Name: Carol Crisp
City: Franktown, Colorado
Equine Discipline: Trail
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glove