Originally Posted by mildot
If your horse slips, ask your farrier about studded shoes. The studs are removable for when the terrain dries up.
I don't recommend studs or caulks for walkers. They glide those back feet in and studs would bring them to an abrupt halt which could lead to injury.
Goeing barefoot is getting to be more and more popular and will save you a small fortune in shoeing. But, it isnt for everyone or ever horse. Before going barefoot there are some things to know.
-If your horse has a medical issue, like navicular, you should talk to your vet and farrier first. Odds are shoes will help their condition.
-It can take anywhere from a few months to a 2yrs for a horses feet to get conditioned for going barefoot. If you really decide to do it, be prepared for patience.
-Get boots for your horses front feet. They help with transitioning to going barefoot. Keep those boots around even when your horse is doing well. Most are just fine on regular rock you run across on a trail but still are not comfortable on gravel. Boots will help anytime you need to go any distance down a graveled road or trail.
-Their feet will not look pretty with any amount of riding on rough terrain due to chipping. It's not hurting them any but if looks are important to you like it is some...lets just say you wouldn't be happy.