Its--I never suggested you cared whether or not a horse had shoes xD
I guess I'm just old school in that I feel you should be able to trust the professionals you hire (farriers, trainers, vets). Else, why hire them and not just learn to do it yourself?
European old school
. Most of the world did not shoe horses although the equivalent of "boots" have been made use of almost since recorded time. Most areas just never saw the need to nail things to the hoof when they could just use if the need ever arose and it still allow the foot to work normally.
As for the professionals we hire. We ignored our vet for years
(and the farriers knew better than to approach my grandfather about nailing shoes on any of our horses). Vet told me my white mare was going to have get shoes, because white feet are "soft"
. It took awhile, but after about 6 years he just told me he was amazed at how well her feet were holding up and what was I doing? He just shook his head in disbelieve with I told him I worked her regularly, rode on the road almost daily (including 30 miles round trip to town 2 or 3 times a month). Point being that the vet was a professional, but still believed the myth about white feet vs black feet
(he was the only large animal vet in the county though and had a great business in our almost all rural county with a 1 horse and 1 mule county seat
). Even professionals can believe things that have been proven false. Look at the vets who say TB flat track racing isn't bad for the horse vs those to say it is. Vets say that shoeing is good for a horse vs those who say it's not. They're like a bunch of politicians
so I've learned to look at effects and results. So far nothing I've seen has convinced me that my grandfather wasn't right (although I have a much better understanding of why he was right....even if he didn't
). Being a professional just means you're getting paid for it. And holding on to the ways things have always been done can be good and bad. Would you want to Dr to treat you with 18th century procedures?
That's what some people do with horses.