I don't get involved in barefoot vs. shoe debates. I've read all the material but I believe a good trim is a good trim. It's either done right, finished well, balanced and appropriate to the horse and task or it isn't. I spent two very hard years trying to find someone who would show up when scheduled, exhibit the fundamentals of horsemanship, and perform his task with skill and knowledge. I'm thankful for him everyday when I look at feet that no longer have flares. Plus, he also answers questions! I put his name out whenever I can because I want him to stay in business.