I've tried barefoot. Gave my horse a sore back O.o
That's an interesting conclusion to come to. If indeed being bare had anything to do with it, I suspect it was because you had him go bare & unprotected on surfaces his feet weren't ready for, so he used his sensitive feet wrongly & put his back out, along with other potential problems moving wrongly can cause.
Not Every Horse Can Go Barefoot Though. My Horse Threw A Shoe And Had To Be Stables Because He Gets Abcesses And Stone Bruising Really Easy
I agree that not every horse can do what people want them to without protection
. It depends on many factors and most horses coming out of shoes will need boots or such to begin with at least. Unfortunately metal shoes provide little protection or support. IME stone bruises that lead to abscesses - ie thin, dropped soles - are a huge problem with shoes
. They may or may not actually cause the problem, but they certainly exacerbate it.
I know your trying to help, but dont try convert me with your natural crap.
Again Charlie, don't ask for opinions if you don't want to hear them. Not trying to 'convert' anyone, just offering advice based on my (not insubstantial) experience of rehabbing problem feet. I feel sorry for your horse tho if you won't even consider what we're telling you. Sure, there are pros & cons to all 'methods' but you seem to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. You say you've 'tried' barefoot. If you feel like telling us what you 'tried' & for how long etc, we may be able to tell you where it likely went wrong.