We charged up a nice mossy hill about 8 miles into the ride, and turned onto a gravel road...
...and Fee started limping.
Yup. Missing a shoe. Could have dropped it anywhere in the last 3 miles of soft footing, because Miss TenderToes Dragonnose doesn't mind trotting on soft stuff.
It looks like she trotted right out of it--the nailheads on the other three shoes are worn down, too--we've done a lot of rocky miles with those shoes!
And Fiddle's lovely red Ruby Slippers? Left back at the barn, because I took off all the saddle packs so they wouldn't hang up the rope during our pony lesson.
So, we headed back to the trailer. Slowly.
Ah, well. The day serves to remind me of another old advertising slogan. Remember this one?
Don't leave home without it.
In this case, a hoofboot. Maybe two hoofboots...just to be sure.