So my gelding that I compete barrels on seems to get sore feet when riding to the arena. I have to ride him 1km to the arena on a dirt road. But sometimes the village puts the rocks and dirt on the road and after riding him there and practicing then riding home, he is really sensitive on his feet. So last summer I got front shoes on him and he seemed to be ok. But my question would be: Does having just front shoes leave him unbalanced? Should I get all 4 shoes this summer? And would there be any way to protect his feet without putting a boot on him?