My horse has thinner soles and is a baby to pain/discomfort.
So him stepping on a rock while trail riding will have him limping bad enough for several steps down I go to check for injury...
Back on I get, off we go once his highness has had the attention he thinks he is entitled to...
I never not check for fear of a ouch/injury truly sustained when he gimps so dramatically.
My horse is barefoot.
I tried the typical steel shoe applied, had less gimp but the sole was still exposed...
I was not doing pads and shoes for a variety of reason, biggest one is affording them honestly.
Instead, I invested in well fitting hoof boots that have a protective sole, traction and stay on no matter how deep the footing can become.
My farrier suggested them as shoes are a large expense and otherwise not needed by my horse and he has great feet, just sensitive soles.
A good farrier, one who nails on shoes can also do "barefoot trims" so do not think that you must only use what is labeled as a barefoot trimmer.
You need to use someone who does the very best job to benefit your horses comfort, build and movement accurately and one who comes on a designated schedule.
Be that a barefoot trimmer or the farrier who can also apply shoes...you need one who is good. One skilled and proficient in their trade.