12-27-2010, 07:18 PM
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It is going to all depend on what the shoe is made of and what type of ground the horse is going over. For a trail horse, you might be able to reuse your shoes several times before they are not good to put back on.
Aluminum will wear out faster on surfaces like stone dust, but is much lighter, and I believe cheaper, then say a steel shoe.
If you are generally going over softer surfaces and not gravel, you could stick with the horses being barefoot and just getting trims.
Getting shoes put on is going to be more expensive then getting a trim, but I expect that you already knew that. There is no right or wrong answer to this. It is up to you and possibly what your farrier thinks.