I have to say, I am in the Ozarks and regularly ride over very rough and rocky terrain using Easyboot gloves. I was told that my QH would always need shoes, but that just hasn't been true. We've been barefoot since September, and her feet have improved tremendously. My trainer even commented on what good feet she had at our lesson last week. We have almost worn a set of boots out, though. It's that rocky where we ride. I think it's a matter of correct barefoot trimming and a good boot fit to have it work well, but we've been lucky in that. I am very happy not to have to shoe. A $100 pair of boots has lasted me 9 months, which is cheaper and easier for me, and my horse is comfortable.