Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand
YAY a farrier's opinion!!
Thanks for the feedback...I guess my main concern here is that in the future, if we ever move (eventually we'd like to move to Florida!), I'd like to be able to pull her shoes and have her go barefoot again...since she has never had shoes, I just worry about nailing things into her hooves and what that could potentially do to their integrity in the future.
There is an entirely unfounded old wives tale which indicates that once you put shoes on your horse's feet, the hoof structure is compromised forever, and can never go back to it's natural state. However, this is entirely unfounded. And in fact, I have clients that leave shoes on 9 months out of the year, and pull them off during the 3 remaining winter months, as a recovery period. They recovery very nicely, and adapt back to the state of a barefoot horse. After those 3 months, there is no evidence that they had ever been shod before, in their life.
However, to eliminate the necessity of a recovery period, I am currently working on an undisclosed product that allows the hoof to flex naturally, while still having an adequate amount of protection.