I have a 9yr old dutch dressage horse. He has had no shoes pn for 12months now. I removed his shoes on the advice ofy blacksmith as he suffered from chronic white line disease which was resistant to treatment. He has been on a hoof supplement to strengthen his horn. He has bern competing and doing some hacking/road work. His boxy foot has spread and yhe white line is gone....however..
We are moving up the levels and both my trainer and vet ferl that he now nedds shoes to support his tendons and leg structures. My blacksmith disagrees and says yhat sjoring will only csusr the hoof wall to deteriorate and the hoof to contract.
Further to this- being barefoot is not without isdues as my horse is sensitivr to the weayher conditions and our environment and id often a little tendrr due to our wet climate softening his feet.
Anyone have a similar experience or suggestions?