Originally Posted by lizzie_magic
My family is anti- shoe. I don't agree, yes I have been convinced that with the time and effort all horses can go barefoot and for the last 2 years all our horses have been barefoot but I have never been happy with my horse being barefoot. I few weeks ago we got my horse shod for a show and have decided to keep him shod. The farrier we got seemed very good, I don't claim to know much about it but I got the impression he knew what he was talking about. He said all horses can go barefoot, some just take a lot of time to get used to it, he said my horses feet (which are very good when shod) would take at least 6 years to properly adapt to be comfortable barefoot so we have decided to keep him shod.
What I am trying to say is every horse is different and if your horse goes well barefoot and is comfortable with that go for it and if not get the horse shod.
I hope that helped.
It does not take 6 years to transition. Takes about a year, usually less, about 9 months, to adapt to what surface they live on or work on most. If you sporadiaclly got on tougher footing, you will always need boots on those occasions because the foot isn't conditioned to it. Some horses are tougher than others and never need boots, but regardless, even pathological feet can transition within a year.
To the OP, keep barefoot, you can use boots occasionally if you need, they get better traction and are more comfortable on concrete/ashpalt barefoot than with metal shoes. It's more dangerous for them to be shod on concrete. If your horse is happy and barefoot already, the hard part of going barefoot; (transition) isn't going to affect you, so why put shoes on?