How is going barefoot going to teach me about FOOD??
Instead of RESPECT don't you mean Compromise???
Can't ride here because my horse is too tender for all that rock??
Can't ride there because it snowed last night forming ice and I will slip??
NOthing but compromises.
Ummm...I ride over hard stones, and all through out winter. I grew up in northern MN, and was a hardcore trail rider, throughout any terrian, and weather. I don't shoe.
The mare I have now, came to me with yucky chipped, and cracked feet; she'd been shoed for much of her life, until the owners I got her from took them off this summer. However, they hadn't kept up with trimming, to improve them a whole lot, prior to me getting her. Now that she is being trimmed and filed regularly, she is growing in really nice hoof, and isn't chipping a whole lot (the main reason she is at all, is that the cracks are still growing out). Her feet have become tough, and she can walk on all of our terrain now, as opposed to when I got her, when she limped across the rocky areas.
Shoes are not "necessary" in order to ride in any condition that nature throws at you; I don't think anyone goes out and shoes all the feral horses, and they fare quite well!