Do you wear shoes? Yes you probably do. Why? Are they just a fashion statement? Or are they basic protection from injury? My son is very young and hates shoes. Comes home from school and promptly takes his shoes off and runs around in all sorts of terrain barefoot. He also gets cut frequently, chips off toenails, sticks brairs in his feet, etc. Then for the next couple days, he is limping and all sorefooted. Works the same way don't it? Do you honestly thinks shoes were invented as a fashion statement for the wealthy - No, they are basic protection that keeps a human or horse sound more days in a year.
We run a mob of mares - do they get shod - absolutly not - don't even get trimmed unless they have an issue that must be dealt with; but, we don't expect them to work every day either. For us it is an economic choice as well as a saftey issue with a mob of mares. They run out on big fields.