Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
It can take some time for them to adjust to the new trim, but once they are fully adjusted, yes you can. They can ride tougher terrain with the best of them, and usually are more sure-footed because they know their foot placement better than those in shoes. The other thing is that during the transition period you can use boots as well. It protects the feet like tennis shoes protect our own feet, but yet lets the foot flex and adjust like it should instead of being held immobile with a metal shoe.
Some people put the boots on their adjusted horses as well if they are riding really rough terrain as a "just in case" to prevent too much wear.
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