How is it possible that barefoot costs as much as keeping a horse shod? My guy gets a trim every 6 weeks for $30. (less often in winter) When he has his sliders on, it runs me a MINIMUM of $100 every 6 weeks to reset them.
I said, per se...and I should have been more clear, I meant if you decide to trim yourself (which is why I said it depends on how valuable your time is to you). In which case (if you decide to do it yourself) in the long run, yes, it is highly probable that it will save you money and the more horses you have the more probable that is. But, it will only "save" you the delta, not "all of what it would have cost" to shoe. And, it depends on how much shoeing cost you, e'g., when I went barefoot I used my horses for work and shoeing or trimming cost me nothing, so no delta. But, if one goes from paying for shoeing or trimming to doing it themselves, good equipment, and training (including an expert checking your work) is not "free". Which is why I said the best investment is education - which not only allows one to better determine if someone has trimmed or shod correctly which is a cost and "health" savings, it allows one to make an educated decision concerning to shoe or not.
Alberta-yes many farriers will do that, but the issue quickly becomes having enough foot left to nail to if they have ripped a couple off.
I think you are smart to try without OP, since you don't use your horse "hard". Can't hurt.