Hoof boots are great. I bought some for Biscuit because he has a split I am working with to grow out. He chipped it bad on a rocks on a ride last month. It was mostly a sandy area but we went down some logging roads with rocks and it chipped it out. So Boots that were in the trailer went on the front feet.
Barefoot horses are natural - shod is not. I understand some horses have bad feet but alot of that has been caused by shoeing. My former horse had tender feet and I spent a fortune on shoeing him. Biscuit is tender footed to a certain degree so if I will be in a rocky area Easy Boot Gloves are WAY cheaper than farriers. I now trim Bicuit's feet myself and I know that farriers work HARD but this I can do myself and I work with Biscuit's feet weekly to keep them in check.
Learn to do your horses feet yourself and get the EBG. You will save yourself a ton of money and keep your horses feet in tip top condition at the same time.