My riding horse has horrible feet. He is barefoot and I can't really afford to shoe him (it's $120 for a full set here and if I shoe him he NEEDS the full set!) so I'm considering hoof boots for longer rides or if I'm planning to ride on the roads/on gravel, because he gets footsore and his hooves wear away real easy.
Monty has weak soles, underrun heels and weak hoof wall. In the pasture he is fine and ridden on normal ground, no problem at all. It's just the long rides, especially on the road and/or gravel.
So, what is reasonably easy to put on, hard-wearing, and has good grip? Preferably something not too expensive!
Otherwise I'm going to have to shoe him and that'll mean I have to increase my hours at work. My stress levels will go up and my riding time will go down.
It looks like I might have to shoe anyway though because I ride jumping and eventing and when I eventually get him out to a few shows I have no guarantees on what the surface is like. Some of them are really slippery and you NEED studs, others have a lot of gravel in the cross-country course. Hoof boots are not considered legal gear for the disciplines I ride, not here in western australia at least.
I will admit I have been considering shoes or hoof boots for quite a long time. His feet are terrible, honestly the worst of any horse I have ever personally dealt with, and I don't know what the solution is. If he needs shoes I will have to find the money every 6 weeks at most (his feet grow fast and are prone to flaring so 4 weeks would probably be better) and I don't want to spend the money on buying a full set of hoof boots only to have to shoe him anyway, but I don't want to spend $120/month if I don't have to!
...wonder if I know anyone with hoof boots in his size...?