Originally Posted by Baylen Jaxs
. It cost me less in a year to buy one pair of boots then 6 to 10 times in a year plus all the times the shoe pops off ect.
This isn't entirely accurate. Yes, the ideal situation is to buy one pair of boots and go cantering off into the sunset. The reality is, the newly unshod horse's hoof will change in both shape and size a few months after it's be unshod and you will find the boots you first bought are suddenly too loose or too tight. I have 7 different hoof boots in my trunk to keep up with my horse's every changing hooves. Much more $$ than paying for farrier visits to date.
Also, much like bits, you might have to try out a few different styles of boots until you find ones that stay on, don't rub, etc. There are as many opinions out there as there are hoof boots.
A barefoot horse requires frequent trimming, in many cases much more than the monthly trims you will be paying for. My horse's hooves grow so quickly, I have to keep trimming them down every week or so. There is a much smaller margin of tolerance for a barefoot horse than a shod one. If you let the walls get too long, you have an unrideable sore horse on your hands. Quite frankly, if shoes are not currently negatively affecting your horse, just keep them on and save yourself the aggravation.