No, there is a lack of understanding and education here. The knowledge of some of the readers on here is coming from YouTube videos and barefoot promoters. Let me clear up some myths about shoeing:
1. Shoeing DOES NOT cause stress rings
2. Shoeing Does NOT constrict blood flow
3. Shoeing DOES NOT make horses sore or uncomfortable
4. Shoeing DOES NOT make walls brittle, cause cracks, low heels, club footedness, etc.
Shoeing DOES effectively treat all the above. That's the purpose of it: PROTECTION AND CORRECTION. Most of what we know about farriery was known 100 years ago, and random posters and YouTube barefoot activists on the internet are not farriers. They have little or no experience with shoeing. If you want to continue soaking up information from random sources, be my guest.
SkyeDawn, I was not disagreeing with you. I agree if you don't need shoes, no need to have them.
Last edited by AmazinCaucasian; 03-04-2012 at 04:34 PM.