My gelding has been having laminitis issues (was recently diagnosed with Cushings after suddenly coming up dead lame). He has always been barefoot with excellent feet (I would not be surprised if he has never had shoes). My vet recommended shoes with pads during the summer for the trails. Her reasoning was to cushion his feet since the trails can be rocky (he is significantly worse even on minor gravel/dirt road over the sand of the paddock) and maybe get him over the (mental?) hump of walking gingerly esp. The first few steps. Obv he would have the shoes 24/7 which would help with that.
However, I thought since he is ridden sporadically it would be simpler (and cheaper) to buy hoof boots. I did talk to the vet about it and she said boots would be ok but she would recommend shoes for the reasons above. So I think we might end up putting on shoes next summer either way, but that it might also be good to purchase boots to have.
I know nearly nothing about boots so thought I would make this post, any ideas or recommendations? Which boots should I purchase? I can get pictures of his feet if need be.
We have the OK to ride him when sound (vet says to keep him exercised) and x-rays are normal. He is extremely sensitive to his diet and has flare-ups we can't even figure out why (maybe another post for that) so while his feet are more of a "symptom" we want to be as careful as possible. Thanks!