Where is the pain on a horses hoof?
It has been a full year now on my horse with a barefoot trim and he has yet to be completely sound. The back feet are fine and perfect but the fronts are not. I had some hope the last couple months because he was trotting over gravel and was fine on short rides. I have been going to a trainer and I already know that he is for shoeing. He told me three or four times that he needs shoes. We had some respect issues with the horse and last thursday had a fairly tough workout with the trainer. After he was done he said you are going to have to get shoes on him to continue. I do not have a problem with shoes, I will put them on if he needs them. My question is, what are shoes going to do to protect him? Shoes are what, 5/16ths thick? So that means the sole is 5/16ths higher off the ground, I can see where that would help with the small rocks but what about rocks that are bigger than 5/16ths? I guess I am assuming the pain is from rocks poking the sole and if that is the case I don't see how raising the hoof a little off the ground is going to help anything. Am I missing something?