Originally Posted by shaggy
I believe Its ok to walk and trot on concrete as long as your horse doesn't have shoes on. Think of how it feels when you take a hammer and hit it against metal. You get that vibration all the way up your arm right? Well that's what the metal shoes do to a horses leg.
Its when you do a lot of work on roads that you DO need shoes on, its the shoes that protect the horses hooves from wearing down & getting footsore and prevent tiny bits of gravel from gritty roads getting up into the hoof and causing an abcess. When my horses worked daily for anything up to 3 hours and more on roads they would go through a set of UK shoes which are heavier than conventional US ones in 4 to 6 weeks, imagine what that would do to the foot Its possible to have shoe shaped pads between the hoof and shoe if concerns but I never found I needed them. I never had a lame horse as a result of its having shoes on, no cracks, bruises etc or any stress to the legs. Barefoot is fine if it fits in with what you do with your horse but there is far too much hype about shoes being painful or bad for horses that simply isn't substantiated by facts. I have had plenty of lameness issues in young or resting unshod horses even with regular foot trims and in some instances have even had to have light plates put on young horses to protect their feet because I had concerns about them cracking or breaking up. You do what is right for your horse and not what makes you feel warm & cosy inside because you think its right.