All of my horses wear bell boots. They keep them from overreaching and loosing numerous shoes. I prefer the rubber ones that you can keep on all the time. They are very comfortable for the horse and they can also protect your horse in the field, as well as when you are riding. There are also a type with velcro, but they are only for while you ride, so that's no good for me. The rubber ones can be a pain to get off, but you mostly leave them on, unless you are showing hunters, then you need to take them off before you go in the show ring.