I'll admit it: I often wear flip-flops around the barn. I scoop my pasture in flip-flops. I clean stalls in flip-flops. I groom horses and clean hooves in flip-flops. When you consider how hot and humid it is, I do pretty much live in flip-flops. Which is why it's odd that I put on my old tennis shoes before walking out to the barn. But boy am I thankful! I was cleaning Raja's hooves, like I do every day, when he suddenly jerked his leg from me and stomped his right hind hoof down on my foot. I slapped him to move, and instead of moving his hindquarters, he pivoted his upper body away, with all his weight being put upon his right hind leg. Which was planted on my right foot. Final verdict: 2 broken toes, 2 missing toenails, 3 toes with cuts and missing skin, a broken foot, and a mild ankle sprain. I am very thankful I made the rare decision to put shoes on, and I'm thankful Raja only weighs about 800 lbs. I know all the reasons why we should wear proper footwear, so I don't need a lecture. . But I will say that this served up a good reminder for me, and those like me, who may have gotten too comfortable.