Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
If her feet are wearing down that quickly, wouldn't leaving them unshod just create a bigger problem if you continue to leave her barefoot? You can't leave the boots on 24/7, so you're kinda putting her in a potentially sore foot spot if her feet continue to wear down more than they grow. For the $120 you'll spend on a pair of boots, why not just put shoes on with snow popper pads on for the next 8 weeks and give her feet a chance to recover?
Well as of right now they didn't wear down too much. Had I been riding as much the last 4 weeks as I did the first 4 weeks they would have. They wore down just enough to not need a nippers at 8 weeks. She's out on a dry lot that is currently a mud slushie lot so no terrain in her paddock that should wear her feet. We ride the roads and gravel sides to get anywhere so that is when she was wearing them down. And a typical ride is at least 10 miles sometimes double that.
I don't know how much riding I will get in this winter. If it is super cold probably not a whole lot. I am also running against it getting dark early, one full time job, part time job at the barn and then I go to college full time. So in reality I will not be able to ride as much this winter as I do when it's warmer out. So I'm hoping boots would suffice for this short time period. By march she should be able to get shoes again.
We might even get so much snow I won't see ground again til spring too lol. We got off easy last winter.