Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Having a horse go barefoot part of the year, particularly if they're going to be off of work or only worked lightly during that time is very common IME. I generally think that most horses can do well barefoot unless they're working hard, and even a significant portion of hard-working horses can do well too if you have a good trimmer and the horse doesn't have any significant medical/build/lameness issue. Not all of them, of course, but a fair percent.
Your farrier isn't crazy. :) In fact, maybe he is good enough to help her feet be healthier than they currently are and reduce her need for shoes all around and the pads on the fronts. Maybe not, but it's worth a shot, right? After all, if it doesn't work, you can always just put the shoes back on.