Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
As an example: Last summer, Trooper was being ridden almost daily on rocky ground. Near the end of the summer, his feet were worn enough that shoes would be required for continued use. But since my daughter was about to start school again, we just cut back his use. Once she was in school, Trooper's hooves started growing faster than they were wearing.
Mia is ridden about 3 hours/week. I'd like more, but time & health haven't let me. She does great barefoot. But if I bumped her up to a couple of hours/day, she would need shoes. So it depends, not just on the horse and the owner's wants, but how you ride, where you ride, and what happens as a result. Someone who flatly refused to shoe could lame their horse by their stubbornness.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."