So that's the problem bare foot for my horse would never work.
Pardon, sent the last reply before reading further! Never say never though. I *generally speaking* wouldn't advise metal rims on unhealthy hooves either, but if you're able to get his feet healthy & functional first, then sole depth will improve, then you may start working on building hoof strength, so that metal rims/bare may become valid options, in some, if not all situations.
They get 3 lbs of oats twice a day in summer.
It's possible this is part of the issue. Oats aren't a bad grain, as far as grain goes, but I'd be looking into a healthier, low starch alternative, such as beet pulp, rice bran, lucerne, etc, especially if you can only feed twice daily. If you are going to feed grain, ensure it's fed little & often, with lots of roughage, rather than only 2 larger meals of it.
I looked up what laser tips looked like on a hoof I don't think they'd work my horse stone bruises beyond where they'd protect. Not sure boots are the anwser would need 4 for my gelding his hind hoofs wear to short and he gets sore.
OK, typically horses aren't so thin soled in the back half of the hoof, and the tips cover the worst, while leaving the back half able to function, so therefore build strength. If your horse had such high heels & such, it may be as much about the excess foot causing bruising in the back. Also frogs/heels/DCs are going to be weak too.
Yeah, boots aren't suitable for all horses & situations, but there are a wide variety on the market these days, to suit most situations & horses. Why don't you think they'd be suitable for your gelding? With the sort of riding you've described you do, I'd definitely go for a 'low profile' type, such as Epics or Renegades. If boots really aren't going to work, rubber, full sole shoes are another option, which would be at least better than steel rims IMO.
....should have read the WHOLE thread before replying shouldn't I??