Originally Posted by Pamandhorses247
Is it good or bad for a horse to be barefoot? I am buying a horse soon and it is currently barefoot. Will that make a diffrence in anything? Also what are shoes used for?
If he/she is barefoot now, I would stick with that. Shoes are only needed if horses experience hoof related issues or they are used heavily for competition.
I would not waste your money. The average barefoot trim is about $30. Shoeing runs +$100 in my area depending on the type and number of shoes.
If you decide to shoe you may not have the option to go back to barefoot, as it tends to ruin the hoof walls.
Hope this helps.