My youngest horse is about three and a half years old... I don't ride him too often, and I haven't been riding hardly at all recently, but come Fall and the 'warmer' days of this Winter, I'm planning on working with him a lot more. He doesn't mind riding/walking on gravel and pavement, but he lives in a soft, grassy pasture... I don't want to hurt him accidentally by making him walk on areas that he's not used to without some form of protection. He doesn't mind walking on hard surfaces, but he doesn't like it too much and tries his best to stay in the grass.
I just use him for trail-rides and pleasure-rides... Sometimes we can be gone all day and sometimes we can be gone only fifteen minutes or so. I usually ride him about once or twice a week when I am working him... but this Fall/Winter I want to ride him at least three, maybe four times a week.
Should I go ahead and get him shod this mid-August/Spetember? Or should I wait until he's older?
Also, how shall I go about making sure he's ready for his first shoeing? He's just fine for me to trim his hooves, but the last time my farrier came out and looked at his hooves, my boy gave him some trouble with not wanting to pck his legs up and kinda kicked out a bit... I'm not really sure how to fix it, since he's really good for me to do anything with his hooves.