When I get my new horse, I would like it to go bare foot. I find it such a nuisance the way that Candy and Percy's feet grow so quickly. I had Candy's new shoes put on only 3 weeks ago, and already they are digging into her hooves, and she needs doing again.
It's extremely irritating, as it takes about a week for the farrier to come to us, as he is so busy. It's exactly the same with every farrier in Ireland! All of them are so busy, and have to prioritize lame horses over horses that simply need their hooves trimming!
So anyway, I wouldn't have to get the farrier as frequently if I had a barefoot horse, as he would have no shoes to grow out of! (Obviously barefoot horses still require care of the hooves, and need them rasped every 6-8 weeks, as any other horse would!)
But, I was wondering, what you guys thought of a horse going barefoot, and if you do it?
Also, hoof boots: As I don't have much land (only 3 acres, for my two horses) I have to take to the country roads a lot. So a bare foot horse might need hoof boots. Any thoughts? Experiences with hoof boots?
I'm sincerely hoping the horse I buy has never been shod before, as it's so much harder to get them to go barefoot once they've been shod!
Any tips for keeping the transition between shoes and barefoot as smooth as possible?