I just recently had a farrier bring this up & wondered if anyone did it or thinks it would be a good idea.
Cally has always had all four shoes. The front ones have pads on them, we're assuming because how her leg is set up makes her fairly heavy on her toes & the pads were meant to help alleviate that (she is not navicular). The back ones are just plain shoes. Again just assuming her previous owner felt she needed all four feet done (my trainer told me she absolutely needs her fronts done how they currently are & I asked about the backs, she said they probably weren't necessary). Now my plan was to pull her back shoes as they don't seem to really have a purpose for her & see how she goes. If she needs them then they'll be put back on. Anyway back to the topic I was getting to - he also mentioned I should pull her front ones for the off season. Probably about mid-nov to early march. That it would really help her hooves sort of "breathe" and just give them a break from constantly being shod. I have absolutely zero experience with shoes, never having a horse who needed them, but it didn't seem like a bad idea for a horse who just needs them during competition season. Yet I'm not sure if this is the best route for my mare. That will be up to me & my farrier to decide. I'd just never heard of it though & like I pondered above - does anyone do it? Or have thoughts on the idea?