Originally Posted by Rachel7861
I would try the boots first and if they don't stay on or you don't like them then go to the shoes. But if you're going thru so many pairs of boots then it might not be worth it ya know?
Of course, boots do not suit every horse & situation, but generally, if the prob is that they come off, they're not fitted properly.
If people are doing so much with their horses that they're wearing out boots quickly - eg. Major endurance, cart horses working f/t on roads, etc - metal shoes wear extremely quickly on hard surfaces & rubber is far more long lasting, as well as forgiving in these instances, so I'm not so sure, unless you shoe your own, that shoes would be more economical in these situations either. Easycare have found Epics to last an average of 500 miles on hard/rough surfaces and average double that on more forgiving terrain(owners have reported way more). How many miles of very abrasive riding does a set of shoes last?