I know nothing about this except that my trainer has been saying it's not a good idea. Would love to not have to pay for shoes. I do go on trail a lot and the New England rocks are lethal but I've been told boots are an option. Once again, I know no knowledge on this apart from the theory that while shoes protect feet, they also weaken the bare foot in the long run, and that gradually riding a horse barefoot will strengthen its feet. Thoughts? Give me anything you've got.