When I first started riding my Quarter Horse gelding even before I leased him. He had front shoes on, one winter and summer he had shoes on all four feet. Then went back to just the front shoes. About 2 years ago, I moved him closer to home and had to switch farriers, he decided that Barney could go without shoes, the front shoes were pulled and he's fine, not ouchies, lameness or anything.
What I'm needed opinion on is this, keep in mind that the farrier leaves the toe a bit long and he's done about every 8 weeks. I notice that just after 2 weeks of being trimmed, his feet start getting chippy. Should I not worry about it, have them trimmed every 4-6 weeks, or try a supplement to toughen the hooves up, the farrier and the barn manager tell me not to worry about it. The farrier also told me to just put conditioner on them here and there depending on how dry it is out during the summer time and not worry about it in the winter.
Sorry so long but figured I'd give you guys as much info as possible, any thoughts, ideas, opinions? I don't want to put shoes back on him unless it's absolutely necessary.