I really don't understand why you are attacking any and everyone who differs in opinion from your own. EVERY horse in my boarding barn is barefoot, and they have NEVER had an abcess, or anything else since they've opened. (Which was only 3 or so years ago but still...with more than 25 horses, I believe that's pretty amazing.) I understand that you make your living by shoeing horses. I don't have anything against shoeing horses (explains why I was contemplating on the issue) I just think it's rude of you to attack my decision.I understand that you feel strongly about this but you shouldn't have to attack all the "barefoot people" to get your point across!
It is a very sensitive subject for some (obviously) and I think it should depend on your own horse's feet, your riding discipline, AND your personal preference. I would learn as much as you can (look on the internet at articles, read books, anything you can) Then, have a farrier look at your horse and discuss with him/her and your vet about what would be best for YOUR horse.[/quote]