denny and bailey are about 15 years old. Denny has never seen shoes and I don't know about bailey. I was thinking of having my farrier put front shoes on them since we are starting to do more riding but I am nervous they wont take to it.
Is it every to late to introduce shoes??
I've shod some pretty old horses (30+) but those are the exceptions, not the rule. In short, if they are still healthy enough to be ridden, they are probably okay for shoeing when appropriate.
also how high of a chance is there to a horse becoming lame after being shoed??
Shoeing always includes some risk. Hot nails, close nails, sprung heels and lack of sole relief are common examples of possible problems. The experience level of your practitioner will have a significant impact on reducing risks. Every farrier incurs some risk of error when trimming/shoeing a horse. The question becomes, does the farrier take responsibility for any subsequent problem and address the concern in a professional and timely manner?
We all make mistakes. In my own practice, if I make a mistake, I own it and I'll do whatever it takes to make it right.
By the way... given that you are from New Jersey, you do know that you are close to one of the top farriers in the country, right? There are some hellishly good hands in your neck of the woods.