So, I'm preparing to start working with my horse for competitive trails next summer. Up until I bought her, she had been shod for trail riding. She's a quarter horse and her hooves are pretty small for her size. I know that the idea behind natural barefood hooves is to let them get a little wider, in order to distribute the weight of the horse a little more. For this reason, and since she's in her 3 months of no shoes, I've been looking into hoof boots to use for trails. I think it would be nice because I would only use them when we trail ride, and in the long run, it would save me some money on shoes every 6-8 weeks.
My question is, should I get the ones with the traction studs?
The place I usually trail ride has a few slippery creek beds that we have to cross and I've seen horses do the splits on these rocks before. I feel like rubber boots + slippery rocks =disaster. Would these traction studs be bad for the rest of the trail?