Thanks for the links Clava and Desert, I will definitely look at them and try and learn as much as I can.
Desert, (your just jealous that your horse doesn't walk around with green eyes haha)
Trinity - she had her shoes pulled the second week of September and has been trimmed twice since then. I would like to have her trimmed every 4-5 weeks, but my farrier doesn't seem to have time and it ends up being more like 6-8 weeks. She got her shoes put on at the end of January. Normally what I do is keep her at home till January, then I board her where there is a nice indoor arena till March or April. Then she is at home all summer till January. This year, she won't be boarded at all as until she is totally healthy, I will not be riding her. Right now, as it is winter here, the ground is totally hard with about 2 inches of loose snow on top of packed snow.
Thanks for the detailed description. I am really trying to learn about trimming (though I will leave it for professionals) so that I can ask questions from the trimmer and actually understand what needs to be done.
When I originally put shoes on her (summer of 3yr old year) she was inside board at night and outside during the day. She had been ridden all winter/spring in an indoor arena with super nice ground. Looking back, she was likely sore because her feet weren't tough enough. As of right now, she is at home outside as previously mentioned and she is totally fine on the hard ground. I'm not too sure how she would be on more uneven/gravel right now, but I don't have to worry about that at the moment. I am totally fine with barefoot and from what I have read/researched, it is superior to having shoes on, but I am a little worried that if she is to tender to run barrels barefoot, I will have to put shoes on again in summer.