Opinions on barefoot horses?
What do you guys think of going barefoot with competition horses? All the horses I've worked with, and the one I have owned have always had shoes.
I like the idea of barefoot horses, but I think there are certain situations where a horse should have shoes. I think horses that pull carts in asphalt regualrly, and horses who do sliding stops should wear shoes. Do you know of any horse with healthy hooves that does either of those barefoot?
What about jumpers? it seems like something like if the horse was properly adjusted, the horse would do just fine. Then again, horses don't normally jump 4ft unless asked by a rider, therefore the evolution of their hooves may not be suited to that, no matter how healthy their hooves are.
Do you know of any top level competition horses that go barefoot?
What are your opinions?