Join Date: May 2016
Location: The boondocks of Kansas
• Horses: 0
First of all, hoof supplements are a waste of time----it's much cheaper to provide the horse with good nutrition based on good quality hay, supplementing any vitamin and mineral shortages in that hay with a RB or with a good grain concentrate if the horse needs the extra calories to maintain weight, and use a farrier who knows how to balance the hoof with the correct breakover point.
As for shoes, it depends on the horse, the terrain where the horse is housed and ridden, and the discipline. For DD's show mare, once we were in full showing season, her shoes needed replacing every 3 weeks the first year we had her since her hooves were lousy when I purchased her. The next show season she was barefoot most of the time. My 3/4 Arabian HOF/jumper had rock hard feet and never needed shoeing. The few working ranch horses I had that needed shoes were reset every 6-7 weeks with new shoes on every third farrier visit. For our Belgian hitch gelding, his shoes were reset about every 4 weeks during the show season, with new shoes every other farrier visit---2200 of horse is hard on shoes!