Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
Was there any particular hoof differences between those two horses? Was the one that could not go barefoot more flat footed or did his feet just not wear well?
I just recently did my first barefoot XC derby on grass with no issues whatsoever. If anything, I think my horse jumped better. The highest we'll ever go is recognized BN, so I'm not going to concern myself with it until there's a reason to do so.
Yea the one that went barefoot, didn't have good feet to start with, crumbly etc, but with management he got good strong feet, he was 15.3hh TBx and was extremely sure footed
The shod 1 is 17hh warmblood and is also younger and just feels occasionally like he needs extra grip on short slippery grass, not as sure footed but has far healthier feet naturally than the other one. I used to event him until just before 1*level barefoot no problems
My dressage mare has been barefoot her whole life, and probably always will be. She's a warmbloods with good feet and she only ever competes on flat ground, so why spend money I don't need to? But I produce a lot of OTTB and it is defintly the majority that because of bad feet just can't be without shoes...case by case thing. I deal with lots of tough pony breeds to and most aren't shod and don't need to be and are competed by kids eventing and showjumping no problems, if your horse is sound and it feels safe go for it