Well yes, I suppose if you board some place with these options. Not all of us have fancy set-ups that allow for delicate foot turn out.
And even boarding barns that do have these options many are not willing to put on and take off cumbersome boots on a daily basis.
^ This is my point about management. Many people aren't willing or able to keep an individual horse in the conditions it needs to be barefoot, so shoes become the only option. Not judging anyone for it, we all do what we have to do to keep our horses sound with what we've got. However it doesn't always mean the horse needs shoes, full stop. It just means the horse needs shoes, in that situation.
To be honest, I don't care if I come off as a 'Kool aider'. What I have learnt, from professionals in their fields, has led me to believe that shoes can and do cause damage, simply because of what they are and how they work. I do beloved they can be used with success - when I say success, I mean in regards to making an horse able to work in environments/management situations mean barefoot won't - but I truly don't believe shoes allow a fully functional hoof. If that makes me a kool aider, so be it. I don't think I have ever judged anyone for having their horses shod, but I'm not going to pretend I don't believe the above just because others don't agree.
I ride with many people who have shod horses. I ride with many people who have their horses bare but quite neglected and not trimmed often enough. And I never say a word unless asked for my opinion. Here, it is supposed to be a place we can share our opinions, so I do, and I don't think we should have to temper what we believe to fit in with other people's views. Why should I HAVE to accept shoes don't cause harm/shoes may be a necessity, when I don't believe it?
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