My 11 yr old Paint mare has always been barefoot and has been Eventing at the low levels for 3 yrs, going BN this year like you
never had an issue with her, even in some pretty wet conditions! Now that said, what works for one horse may not for another...mine has rock hard hooves and they're fairly wide/big for her 14.1 hand frame
so maybe that helps with traction? Maybe the way they're shaped? I don't know, but she's never slipped on a xc course and we school and/or show every weekend in the summer, along with lots of hunter paces and we even went fox hunting last year which was a blast!!
So can it be done at the modest levels? Sure! Buuuut depends on the horse!! Most have shoes for a reason. Posted via Mobile Device