Originally Posted by Shalani
It just helps when you have facts to back up your claims and that's what I was providing.
Those aren't all facts. Improper
shoeing leads to many issues, and prolonged shoeing can lead to problems, but many horses do very well with shoes.
I am a barefoot proponent; I trim Ramey style. However, I recognize the need for shoes in some situations. Not all owners can provide a "paddock paradise" for their horses, as well as a trimmer who knows about barefoot performance. And, in some cases, shoes ARE needed, like reining horses or medical issues, such as our ringbone/sidebone mare with a twisted foot. To be comfortable barefoot she would need to be trimmed perfectly every week, which is not possible in our situation.