You know your horse better than the rest of us but if you're wearing steel shoes out in 7 weeks you're going to have a hard time going barefoot. I shoe my horses for the same reason. I also don't like to have a horse that picks his way along and won't just go where he's pointed. I've not seen a barefoot horse that could go all day consistently in country with any kind of rock. You might be able to get a few hours per week out of one but not 6 days per week and several hour per day.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill