Originally Posted by WesternRider88
I have another question, is it possible for him to get used to walking on rocky surfaces? We got him about a month ago and he was in a place with just clay and no rocks at all. And also his hooves are round, would it be hard to get a hoof boot to fit his round feet?
In short, yes they make boots that fit round feet. Some of the boots available have two different "shapes"...they sometimes refer to "round" as "wide". But, in general, it is best to go to the manufacuture's website, measure as they instruct, and see by their size charts and recommendation which boots are most appropriate (it may be that not every "style" will work for round...but there will be some).
And, yes - it is possible for his feet to get adequately toughened for rocky surfaces if his turn out area is rocky, however, it wouldn't be fair to him to do this by simply riding him over rocks every so often, or even every day IMO. I live in a very rocky area. Mine are barefoot, and I use hoof boots on the fronts. It is easy enough to put them on. If nothing else, it is the impact w a non-yielding surface that I want to avoid for the sake of their joints. And, in a really rocky area they will no doubt choose to jump a few things on the trail. I especially
want "shock absorbers" on at that point.