Prinela, good question and I am surely guilty of not explaining things very well and or leaving things out. When he was trimmed I told her his feet looked shorter than they ever had. After that trim not even riding he was VERY sensitive to the rocks just going from barn to paddock so that was my first sign. I rode on a single ride without the boots and he seemed ok except for the rocks. I was told that the boots weren't designed to be on all the time (now that I write this it doesn;t sound right even to me, and it wasnt from my farrier but another). So after I got passed the last rocky area I got off and took them off which is easy to do, and he was fine until we hit the rocks in the driveway. It was paved but I am talking about the sparse rocks that are all over randomly. Does that answer your question?
Farrier comes every 5 weeks so is due next week I think, the appt. Is already made. I will discuss this with her more in depth at that time.
If my horse needs shoes, then shoes he will have, I will do what is best for him and that is why I wrote. I just don't see any point in making someone feel bad when posting..my posts or other people.
Here is something else..he bowed his tendon in October of 2010 so his shoes were pulled while he healed. On June 18th we brought our new mare home (my hubbys first horse) and 3 days later my horse got hit indirectly by lightning. It would have been only a couple weeks before I was going to start riding him again.. anyways he recovered quite quickly and I began like 2,5,10 minutes of riding him and he did very well, even breaking into a trot on his own at times. He would tire quickly though and that is why I kept the rides short. We got a qualified vet that does chiro/acupunture and he came along so nicely in a fairly short period of time. The weather here this year was unusually warm and I continued to ride him more and more and he handled the rocky area's just fine for a while but after more and more riding he began to try to go around these rocky area's for whatever reason so thought I would get him fitted for boots. They did the job, but he was just so much more tender just handwalking him..so THAT is the reason I think the trim has something to do with it. The posters have brought up other things like the hoof wall etc that I would have never thought about and for that I appeciate but don't appreciate being made to feel like money is the only issue and that I don't care about my horse..sorry about the book, but hopefully I explained things better than I did the first time. :)