I know a lot of people have said that shoes reduce the shock the hoof receives in high impact sports like jumping or barrel racing, and they are probably right, but I think shoes are more important for a solid footing (I have them on my "not so sure-footed" eventer;). My mare was barefoot for five years, and last summer, she severely bruised the frog in both of her front feet, so we had shoes put on her. However, the overall condition of her hooves deteriorated, and we had to take them off after several weeks. That's not to say shoes are bad for a horse -- they certainly have their place, and some horses just flat out need them -- but I think that if you don't have a specific and pin-pointed reason for putting them on, I'd try to stay away from them. I know there are some boots to put on there that absorb the shock, maybe try some of those? (Although they seem fairly expensive) But I don't know your horse, so that's just my opinion! Good luck!!:)
Last edited by madeline97; 01-01-2013 at 02:11 PM.