Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist's Perspective

I am often asked about leaving horses barefoot. I must say from the onset that I favor horses being maintained without shoes when possible. Whether or not it is feasible for a horse to go without shoes will depend on the owner's situation and expectations, as well as many variables that influence the feet. I also feel that horses can be shod in a physiologic manner such that the structures of

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