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.