Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Beautiful Mountains of the Pacific NW
We game/barrel race locally and recreationally trail ride our horses, they are all barefoot and have been for over 5 years now.
Instead of the occasional shoeing, we decided to invest in hoof boots, for the once in a great while ride where we think they might get sore.
There are several people at our local playdays who ride the patterns with their barefoot horses using hoof boots with no problem at all.
If your horse is doing fine without shoes and has been for the last 3 years, then I would suspect you are doing something right. :) As someone else mentioned...if it's not broke, don't fix it.
My horses all have wayyyyy healthier feet barefoot then my friends who consistently shoe.