Okay...here is my question then. Is it okay to ride an unshod horse on pavement? And if I do decide to go the unshod route, what type of Farrier would I look for? I read that a barefoot trim is a lot different than a shod trim.
So yes, you can ride on pavement. I've done for years (a LOT of years ) and did it again today . The lovely thing about doing some riding on pavement is that it will tend to round out the edges of the hooves.
You won't need a farrier if you go unshod. Farriers deal with shoes. You'll need a trimmer who knows natural equine foot care. The hoof for an unshod horse should not be trimmed the way it does for getting shoes. It's not really flat all the way around. There will be a very slight rise on the sides between the toe area and the heels. You might almost not notice it unless the horse was standing on pavement and you could look at it from almost ground level.
Unshod also does less damage to terrain and doesn't tend to get caught in hay nets if you ever use them. Shoes can.
And of course one of my favorite lines for when it's being explained to me all the reasons why I should shoe my horses (by people who haven't been told that I've been doing this for 40 years .....love the look sometimes when they find out that that's 40 years of sound feet and no shoes ), if nothing else I never have to worry about a shoe coming loose of coming off when I'm 20+ miles away for anywhere . There are other things I say too, but I always liked that one.