Really? I honestly don't see how a little rubber will stop a hoof from hitting
You are not making any sense. SR did not say that bell boots work (or do not work). She said she does not use them. Why do you keep asking about them like someone said they are miracle workers?
Steel shoes are heavier than aluminum. If your horse has a thin hoof wall, the aluminum is actually a better shoe for him.
There are two schools of thought on this, actually.
Yes, aluminum is lighter. And it may be better for that reason.
Steel is more structural, less likely to bend easily. So in some cases the extra weight is worth it because a steel shoe give sore solid support.
How long have you had your horse? Do you know if the previous owner had these problems?
I would look at your turn out schedule, feeding program, etc. An unhealthy hoof is a complete and total pain to keep a shoe on.
Been there, done that, have way too many T-shirts.
What finally helped my horses problem was a different farrier. Well, I think that was the fix. I changed farriers and moved my horse to a barn with a ton of turn out at the same time.
I do think properly fitted bell boots do help. No, they are not miracle workers. But they do help.