Since the weather has been nice I have been riding Bella(my 14 year old OTTB mare) in the outdoor arena which is pretty rocky and she is a tad tender-footed when riding over the rocks and will pull to walk on the grassier areas. I got her last may, she came with front shoes(nothing special) which I had pulled the next day. Her hooves were a bit weak and chipped a lot(never lame at all, mostly it was the nail holes growing out I think) so I put her on biotin 20. She has not had any problems at all, but where I live we only rode on grass(I moved her to my lesson barn in April). She was just trimmed on may 10th by the farrier there(mine won't travel that far for one horse) and I'm not satisfied with the trim, her hooves are flaring slightly and she has surfaces cracks(see my previous post here ). I'm wondeing if the poor trim could result in her being ouchy on the rocks(she has been ridden down there before, but it wasn't by me so I don't know if she felt ouchy then too) or if it's just the fact that she is not used to walking on them. Either way I would like opinions. I do not want to put shoes back on her as I don't feel she would benefit from them, but I don't want my horse to be sore so I am looking into getting her boots. I've looked(online) at the easyboot brand and they seem promising. Are there other brands I should be considering as well? I'm going to have my instructor help me measure her tomorrow, because I know that plays a part in determining which boot would be best for her. Also, can they jump with boots? I don't jump, but two of the girls who ride her for me do jump her over low cross rails. I think that is all the questions I have.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your replies.
ETA: one more question. Do you need to boot all 4 or can you just do the front like with shoes?