My mare has a solid flat walk barefoot. I put shoes on her fronts because we started going down this rocky road to the trails. Now her gait is choppy and she's hard to keep in a flatwalk, she keeps falling into a rack.
My trainer said it's the weight of the shoe (average shoe), to show this she wrapped her hind legs and put rollers on. My mare was back to flatwalking without effort.
My question is do you think going to a lightweight aluminum would make a difference? I just want the fronts shod.