What does good rubber have to do with it??? ....I need traction devices 24/7 in the winter. I will not put a barefoot horse out in the winter pastures with all that ice without studs.
Not trying to tell you what to do, just prompting/reminding you on considering all factors, make informed decisions, that's all! That's the best any of us can do, whether we come to the same conclusions or not!
Rubber has a lot to do with it when considering wear actually. One reason cars have rubber, not steel wheels... If it's too dangerous to put a horse out without studs in winter, how's your young boy(& all those other horses the world over) survived till now??
'There's nothing wrong with conventional steel shoes'.... I disagree with that comment *generally*, from the point of view of the health of the horse. BUT it depends on many factors & I also don't believe shoes are necessarily
bad for a horse, if they're applied right, not left on too long, not applied to damaged feet, etc etc. IOW, there are a lot of 'side effects' from shoes but they can generally be minimised or avoided through good management. One of the considerations I feel is important is avoiding or minimising the use of shoes before a horse's feet have matured.
Now I'll get back off my box & let y'all do what you feel is best for your horses!
Just hopefully provided some food for thought. Cheers!