I just pulled my Thoroughbred mare's shoes a few weeks ago. She had been front shod for a
6 years off the track and her racetrack years as well. She had awesome, healthy hooves, and I asked myself why I had her in shoes. We foxhunt in the late summer months, but she has very tough feet and we primarily exercise on dirt trails year-round.
I'm very happy that my farrier and I decided to pull them. If a horse can go barefoot, I'm all for leaving him barefoot. Then again, I have a second Thoroughbred with bad feet that my farrier is working to correct with shoes. He's in heavy work and his hooves would not hold up to the stress load without them.
Talk to your farrier and see what he thinks. It might be worth trying barefoot to see how she does!
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