The reason I shoed them was because I was told if I ride them they need to have shoes because of the rocky terrain we have around here.
Conventional metal rims provide no protection or support to the base of the foot, apart from providing an extra 1/4" height. So if your 'rocky terrain' is quite flat with only very small gravel, they could help prevent thin soles from stone bruises, but otherwise, they need pads to provide protection to the sole & frog. I personally prefer to use hoof boots(as others seem to have noticed
) when necessary for this, rather than a shoe nailed in place for 4-6 weeks, so the horse can go bare the majority of the time & we have much more opportunity to work on getting the feet healthy.
but she had a crack almost all the way up her front hoof I was told if I shoe her it will stop the cracking.
Shoes aren't necessary to fix a crack & IME they are generally not helpful in this situation. A metal brace across the crack may be in order though, as *part of* the treatment.
I really thought I was doing the best thing and was trusting what I thought was knowledgeable horse people.
Yeah, we live & learn
One thing I've found is if you ask the advice of 10 different 'knowledgeable horse people' you're likely to get at least 5 conflicting answers! But don't beat yourself up for doing what you thought was the best with the knowledge that you had. And none of us were born knowing what we need to. Now you just know you need to learn more
I really hope they don't have problems with these shoes I thought I was doing the right thing, but I should have just stuck with trimming.
I believe horses are *generally* better off shoeless(not necessarily bare), but I don't think shoes are necessarily as terrible as some think and believe they're appropriate & possibly the best option in certain circumstances, so don't 'cut off your nose' so to speak, just strive to learn as much as you can about the function of hooves, shoes & pros & cons of different approaches, so you can make more informed decisions in the future.