Hmm.. I've never heard of that happening! But I have heard mostly not very good things about shoeing.
You believe everything you hear? Think!
The main one being that shod horses have extremely reduced circulation in their legs (Mostly their foot)
If that were the case, the hooves would fall off shortly after shoeing.
- This thermograph shows a horse with one hoof shod (Guess which one!)
If you look close there apears to be a shoe on the other foot as well.
and it definitely isn't getting as much blood as the others.
Are you sure that's what's going on. Look up Sympathetic Nerve Dysfunction. (I'm sooooooo tired of that picture!
Also, I've heard that the nail holed can collect dirt and get really infected...
Only if the nails are driven into sensative tissue, not where there supposed to be. As for a "white line" type of infection, barefoot horses get that too.
I'm not sure how true all of this is,
Not very, mostly propoganda.
A hoof book I have explains it much better and more professionally, but the cons list is still longer than the benefits list.
Read whatever book you want, most farriers(those that work metal) prefer barefoot. Not all horses can go bare due to pathology or work.
I don't think the circulation loss would normally be quite this extreme,
I don't either.(rolls eyes)
Too, one more thing... Hooves are supposed to flex when a horse walks (helps the circulation) -
a horse with a shoe, its hoof couldn't flex properly... Right? Hence, loss of circulation...
In my experience, your thinking is wrong. Of course that is not your thinking,but the thinking of others you have adopted w/o prejudice.