Just commenting on the fact that equestrians from nice soft soil areas, have the liberty to make the choice of whether to shoe or not to shoe.
Here in my area there is no choice, if you want to ride the trails you put shoes on your horse.
|I was stupid enough to try it once without shoes, I had just bought a draft X from OK and she had been barefoot her entire life, before I got shoes on her I took her to the park to show her off. I had planned on riding the easy chat covered trails, well we made it about 1/3 mile and had to turn around and go home. You should have heard my cousin chastizing me for my stupidity.|
No one here was saying anything negative about the OP. On the contrary, I think it is great that although she believes barefoot is better, she realized that in this instance her horse is better off with shoes. |
I guess I should have said, "Shoes do not negatively affect the horses feet if put on properly."