One of the interesting sights of the Australian Outback is the gibber plain. That’s “gibber” with a hard “g” as in “get”. (“Gibber” with a soft “g’ as in “giraffe” is different altogether, and means “chatter” or “speak inarticulately”, as in “When he was stoned, he turned into a gibbering idiot.”)
In the Dharuk aboriginal language, “gibber” means “stone”. A gibber plain is usually (but not always) mostly devoid of vegetation, and is covered with rocks of various sizes, sometimes as big as a brick. There are various theories as to how a gibber plain is formed, the most popular being that it’s due to the gradual removal of sand, soil and other small-particle matter by wind and intermittent rain, leaving the rocks as a protective surface layer. Gibber plains are often very extensive, stretching as far as the eye can see.
As you can imagine, most hard-hoofed animals such as sheep, cattle and horses are unsuited to travel on gibber country. Some of the early explorers who used horses discovered this to their sorrow. (They weren’t even carrying Swiss Army knives, which have that special little tool for getting stones out of horses’ hooves.) Camels have only vestigial hooves, and hence can handle gibber country far better than horses. As far as I know, there are no Australian native animals with hooves.
Working dogs which have to operate in stony country have sometimes been fitted with leather boots to protect their feet from the stones.