Rather than shoe her if she hasn't been shod, I'd ride her on the surfaces that seem to make her ouchie but for very brief periods until her feet toughen up. The only time my horses see shoes is in a show ring, but for trail they are fine barefoot. We just started slow and easy and let them build up to longer distances. Now, if that doesn't work out for her, then I'd try front boots, those are generally the feet that get sore and the back ones are usually ok.
Otherwise, you'll be fine. Heck you work in the vet field, so of course you know how bad it can be but what you may not see often enough is just how rewarding it can be and just how worth it, it all can be.
Hah! I say that and I'm the one who just came back in from having to go rescue a silly twit before she did something stupid. I have about an acre fenced off for my garden and they just cannot leave the gates alone and inevitably someone gets themself shut in there 2 or 3 times a year. Well, one of my girls (the silliest, most insecure one) just did and was running around and threatening to try to jump the chain link fence which I KNOW she wouldn't have cleared. Heck, I'm not sure she'd clear a sleeping dog let alone a fence....Anyway, I had to go let her out of the 'trap' and resecure the gate so noone else shuts themself in there tonight. Tomorrow I will AGAIN go out and try to find a horse proof way to shut that gate and keep them out of the garden. SSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHH! LOL!
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