Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Phoenix Arizona
My mare was barefoot for years. Im SO glad I put shoes on her. Here in az the hooves dry out and she was destroying her feet, and with her quarter crack that's NOT a safe thing. Her hooves are just not meant to be without shoes. She is a happier horse now.
The OP's leased horse might need shoes for a similar reason. He may have lameness issues without, he may destroy his feet.
Don't get upset that im not pro barefoot with horses. Honestly in a perfect world horses could be ridden bareback and bridle-less and never need shots, never colic and never need shoes. But its not so some horses need shoes, some horses need shank bits, and some colic all the time.