What are GCs?<snip>
But with his GC's, he just doesn't stumble. And doesn't take shortcuts around rocky patches, and we got'em.
Not many farriers are not familiar with them, but if yours is and likes them ok, might want to give them a try. They are lighter than steel but much thicker and hold the sole much higher off the ground.
Other than that, I'm with the others for going with pads in the shoes or as you've suggested, back to boots.
If I only rode trails, I'd use boots over shoes.