Cinny has nice black hooves that are in good healthy shape. He has no shoes and has NEVER had shoes his entire life. I mostly ride in soft arena with an occasional ride on trail. Unfortunately to get to the trail you have to go on a gravel road off and on. Cinny never seems tender footed on the gravel road however when we get back his hooves are usually splintered and have small superficial cracks at the bottom. I am going to be working on more trail riding this summer so I am a little concerned about continued hoof health but I really don't want to put shoes on him.
I've been considering finding a good farrier who is proficient with Mustang Rolls to try him out and see if this helps. I will admit now that I know nothing about mustang rolls except that they look to me to be a little tougher and since they are rounded look like they wouldn't splinter at the bottom on the gravel like the perfectly filed flat surface does.
Thank you for your opinions.