Originally Posted by IllComeALopin
He cannot wear the boots during tunrout. They will wear the top of his hoof and make him even more uncomfortable
I have NEVER heard of this before except where the boots did not fit correctly. I had a horse that had such bad feet that she would abscess in all 4 just from the process of shoeing...literally within 48 hours of the shoeing. She had easy boots on 24/7 and never had an issue with wearing down the tops of her hooves. I also know people who currently use them for work or turn out and only one had an issue...and it was due to an ill fitting boot.
It will probably take about a year to see any results from your feed through. I agree with the others that your horse needs plenty of time to toughen up...but if you are worried that it's too short in the hoof and causing excess pain you need to get something on those feet for a week or two to allow to grow out...then leave to toughen up for a few weeks to a month afterward.