Good morning :)...I am going to be taking a horse on trial..here is my problem. The horse is currently and has always been ridden and jumped (upwards of 4 feet) without shoes. My concern of course is if the horse comes up lame, not due to actual injury but due to the problem with going barefoot on different property. The riding rings have excellent footing but we do have a hard driveway that can get littered with small pebbles and such as most barns do. On the other hand, if I insist on the horse being shod, at my expense, prior to taking her for trial, that could also induce soreness.
Not sure what the actual question is :) I guess I am looking more for advice or feelings. Foot soreness due to a lack of shoes is not necessarily major and in most cases wouldn't require vet or farrrier intervention..just stall rest and, hmmm...shoes :)