Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
In addition to what ginger said, I believe that a lot of arena work does not necessarily warrant the use of shoes. Horses can jump, barrel race, ect. barefoot, and will actually have more traction that way.
Where you might need shoes. is if you ride a lot outside of an arena, where terrain can be rough. Shoes are expensive. I keep mine barefoot if possible, but put shoes on at the first sign of tenderness, as I do not want bruises to take me out of riding for weeks.