Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
IME the walls don't usually need much, if any, protection. Its the soles and the frogs or the lack of adequate development for the back of the foot that need protected. If the farrier is trimming off wall in between trims and you are already riding barefoot, you have adequate wall growth but the foot is lacking in either solar depth/concavity or frog/back of the foot development if the horse becomes or is sore.
Joe had a bad experience with the GC shoes but I and many other clients around my area had a completely different experience, even over rocky and gravely mountain terrain. (The park here tends to gravel everything) It depends on the horse and the person but they do help a great deal with impact reduction over hard surfaces for arthritic animals. Use bell boots if the horse overreaches just as if they overreached with a steel shoe. They also must be reset at about 5 weeks due to the flexibility of them and the growth they tend to help the hoof spit out.
I would agree with using boots if your riding is minimal and spaced out. You will be able to get the most use and adjustment from them in between riding periods. Its usually the best bang for the buck.
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
Last edited by Trinity3205; 02-12-2013 at 04:46 PM.