Originally Posted by iridehorses
Depending on how much you ride and where. I've tried them several times over the years and never got more then 2 or 3 trims from them. At a difference of $20 per shoeing for shoes, that is $60 compared to $125 - not cost effective for me.
I'm curious what boots did you have?
I'm a farrier, barefoot trimmer and Easyboot dealer. I've got some pay to ride trail horses that wear boots, and those horses do 5 40minute rides a day, 5 days a week from May until October. The boots don't show hardly any wear and will be used all next season and maybe even the season after that. They're about like putting a car tire on your horse's feet you ought to be able to get 50,000 miles out of them. ;)
This whole shoes vs barefoot thing is about as dumb as english vs western riding. It's all about what you're asking your horse to do. Shoes and boots both have pros and cons. Just like I wouldn't rope with an english saddle anymore than I'd jump with a western saddle. They're only different tools for different jobs. Posted via Mobile Device