Originally Posted by iridehorses
Thanks DA. I've never needed boots so I don't have any on hand but even if I did, wouldn't that defeat the purpose?.... but, truthfully, some horses just do better with shoes.
It seems a relatively common view that boots are going to 'defeat the purpose'. The only purpose I see them defeating is the owner's ideals for horses to be perfect bare with whatever we throw at them. I think this is an unrealistic ideal that often leads to unfair treatment & conclusions - such as some horses are better off shod for eg. Just because a horse has unhealthy &/or unconditioned feet so may not take everything in his bare stride doesn't mean he's better off shod.
Anyway, not saying you haven't done some already, but I would advise you learn all you can about hoof function and the factors which effect soundness & health. Learn the pros & cons of different approaches. Make whatever you do an *informed* decision. Hoofrehab.com is a great place to start, among many other great sites & resources.
Your horse could be sore because he had terrible feet already and the removal of shoes has allowed him to feel them more, because the shoes were removed in such a way as to tear laminae or put too much pressure on thin soles, because he wasn't trimmed very well or just because he needs some protection, at least for the time being until his feet become strong. Or it could be that he stepped on a rock & has an abscess - before or after deshoeing - or he's sprained or otherwise hurt his leg playing in the paddock.... Therefore jumping to the conclusion to put shoes back on him is not considering the situation & possibilities fully. It is common for horses to be fine on their backs without protection, but there are still many who need it. That is not to say they need conventional metal shoes tho, which provide little protection or support to the hoof.