Used to use pads as well but now I rarely ride on gravel so he is pretty good with just shoes if I stick to the nearby trails which are soft.
|We have tried wedge shoes with him, to bring the heel up, but once the shoes are off he goes back to his normal under run heels. .... I am hoping if I can keep his sole ( and of course everything underneath!) tougher he will not get so footsore|
If the horse has such thin soles/such little protected internal structures, I wouldn't be leaving it unprotected on hard//rough ground. Painting soles with stuff to make them harder is going to provide minimal if any actual further protection. You might want to look into the new Easyshoe from Easycare as a winter answer. Being flexible, wide & with frog support, it's quite different in effect from rims.