My barn owner is pretty much 100% pro shoes, which is fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I had always kept my 3 horses at home but I decided to move my OTTB mare up there where I take lessons for some extra help. I moved her in April planning on it only being for a month but then I found a student there who wanted to partial lease Bella so since board was being paid I kept her up there. In may she needed a trim and since my normal guy doesn't go up there I figured I would just have the barn farrier trim her, even tho I wasn't pleased with they way any of the horses feet looked I figured he couldn't mess up her feet too much in one trim. Boy was I wrong! Ever since then I cannot ride here anywhere even remotely rocky(including the outdoor arena). Last weekend I happen to be up there when the farrier was trimming and shoeing a few horses and now I see why my horses was and still is so tender. He rasps and pars SO much of the sole it's amazing he doesn't expose the coffin bone(ok a little dramatic I know, but you get my point). Val(BO) thinks this farrier is great because one of her horses came to her with "half a hoof" and "no hope of ever being sound" a few years ago and apparently he worked some magic lol.
A few weeks ago I had a barefoot trimmer out and Val was very interested in learning more about the methods(shoes are expensive after all). She doesn't understand how a horse in work can remain sound without shoes . The trimmer talked to her a bit and she seemed open to the idea but I think she really needs more info. She doesn't have a computer so I'm trying to compile info for her. The trimmer is coming back tomorrow to fit my mare for her easyboot epics(which I told Val are only 125 for a pair and she commented that was about "as much as full shoes and they are resuable so that's great"), and she is also going to be trimming 2 of Val's horses, one is a 30 year old who's feet are so bad from lack of attention he looks like he's going to founder, and the other is a 7 year old unbroke mare who was a rescue who has never(i believe) had her feet done, considering that they don't look half bad. Obviously it's a start, but I would really like some articles that will really get her to look at her horses feet and at least see that the shoeing job is sub-par. There is a horse up there I used to own(only horse I ever gave away/sold) when I had him he was 100% sound on anything, now even with shoes on he is tender footed on rocks. It's really a shame that his feet have gone downhill so much in the 4/5 years since I gave him away.