Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
My horse has tender feet. Some horses just don't have as hard of feet as others, which is why I shoe her. My yearling, on the other hand, seems totally content to walk on the concrete and gravel just fine, so I doubt she'll need to be shod.
Shoes are also helpful when you work on really rough terrain, they provide extra grip as well as wearing the shoe down, rather than the hoof.
I'd pull her shoes, and see what happens. Talk to your farrier about her feet, see where improvements could be made, and go from there. Depending on how long she's been shod, it might take a while to get her used to being barefoot, but it won't kill her. If she does have weak hooves, you can always invest in a hoof supplement. =]
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