Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Was on my phone before, so didn't get to complete my answer.
Anyway, in regards to their feet and stamina...
My boy is barefoot and our farrier (and the one other farrier we've used a couple of times when ours couldn't come out) is certain that he'll never need shoes, regardless of the terrain. Aires was a little ouchy on rocks the first time we went out, but now he doesn't care. His hooves never chip and they grow extremely slowly, so we only have to have him trimmed every twelve weeks (per our farrier who is considered one of the best in the area).
As for stamina, he can go all day and barely break a sweat. Granted, we're not doing extreme trails or endurance, but my friend's endurance-trained arab gelding will break a sweat LONG before Aires does. We usually only walk and trot, but we do a lot of hills and rocky, interesting terrain, so it's not like we're just going on the flat.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.