Horseshoes or Barefoot? Readers Weigh In

More than 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Does your horse wear shoes or go barefoot?

results of poll on barefoot versus shoes

 

Results were as follows:

  • Barefoot all the way 62.30% (998)
  • Varies by season 15.61% (250)
  • Shoes all the way around 11.92% (191)
  • Shoes only on the front or rear 10.17% (163)

Readers shared their trimming preferences in the comments below.

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  • Usually barefoot, unless being used on rocky terrain...summer and spring.
  • I have my horses (5) trimmed, but I live in the desert with sharp sand and always have healthy hoove
  • I may put shoes on this year but every other year we have not put on shoes.
  • He had navicular symptoms in shoes. Barefoot his feet have grown; happily jumps 3'.
  • has good feet (Arabian) doesn't need shoes.
  • Only if riding in rocky country
  • hooves have greatly improved since being b arefoot. Frogs much wider.
  • Front where the weight is.
  • My horse Rosie has shoes in the front (needed) my other three are barefoot.
  • We have big Percherons and we shoe them according to where they will be ridden. Barefoot now.
  • Trimmed in balance and every 7 weeks and they have never been heathier.
  • I have 8 minis - good feet, all!
  • 24 hr turnout in lg pasture setting
  • shoes on the front to balance his conformational uneven hoof structure and even the load
  • Shoes or not depends mainly on terrain the equine is worked on.Shoes can aid recovery period.
  • when a horse wears shoes its like not letting the blood flow properly
  • never has had shoes on a day in his life and has the best feet my trimmer has ever seen.
  • when you have thin horn it is less painful to wear shoes than to get abcesses
  • front shoes in the warm months if toe cracks are present
  • One with chronic laminitis and one with ringbone wear shoes to the fore. The Mustang is barefoot
  • I Ride TOO much to not shoe, they do not grow enough to make up for the wear
  • BAREFOOT the Naural way
  • In the summer my horse wears shoes on all hoofs in winter hes barefooted!
  • Both my retiree and my come-along horse are shod only in front. Do fine, but I have a great farrier
  • I have minis, and none of them have hoof issues requiring shoes.
  • My mare has great hoofs, but when we go trail riding I do use boots on her front feet.
  • I’m lucky enough to have horses with good feet. In the past I have had to shoe my horses
  • Ice cleats in the winter, in Alaska
  • Natural Barefoot Trimming and booting if necessary is the BEST thing you could EVER do for your hors
  • since i am unable to find a ferrier that can laterally balance my horse she is barefoot
  • trimmed every 6-8 weeks depending on season. Use boa boots on front for trailriding
  • hoof boots on some
  • My boy needs corrective shoeing so barefoot is not an option
  • The ONLY time I have ever had problems with my horse's hooves was when he wore shoes.
  • Think about it-nailing metal shoes into a live foot
  • his hoof quality greatly improved since he's been transitioned to barefootedness
  • A horse has perfected the design of the hoof to be a first rate shock absorber
  • I have a great journeyman farrier - he's kept all my horses' feet in great shape with shoes
  • Barefoot, Renegade boots for endurance competitions.
  • rarely shoes all around due to kicking pasture mates concerns
  • no shoes in the winter
  • Shoes but will be going barefoot from now on.
  • WHERE I BOARD our horses they r alllnot shoed do too the condition"s there is no need for them too b
  • Shoed hooves were crumbly, heels contracted. Barefoot - strong hooves, boots for trail riding.
  • Therapeutic shoes other horse barefoot
  • My Arab gelding has abeen barefoot for three years. Used to fuss badly for farrier, now is a lamb.
  • If it aint broke, don't fix it!
  • used to wear shoes, caused too many problems, now only barefoot with boots as needed
  • Peruvian Pasos have great feet!
  • Barefoot Rules! Finding a good local barefoot farrier is the issue.
  • WE drive our horses and they need the extra protection when on the roads
  • Proper trimming for hoof mechanism allows us to compete barefoot in h/j, dressage, eventing & trail
  • Barefoot x 3yrs and doing superb. Surefooted
  • I use Easyboots only when needed. They are much healthier than they ever been.
  • I shoe the riding horses in the front and the young are bare foot.
  • he hasn't worn shoes for about 15 years and he is now 24 years old
  • My horses live on dirt, ride on rock. They need shoes when ridden.
  • Since we live in a 4 season climate it's not necessary to shoe in winter. Only saddle horse get shoe
  • protective boots worn when on gravel
  • no shoes in winter, just fronts, all around or none as needed
  • shoes are removed in the winter when there is a lot of snow and ice
  • natural mustang roll not pasture trim
  • The mare is barefoot-great feet, the gelding has front shoes-soft, white hooves
  • Varies by horse & season. Usually front shoes only in winter months
  • with METICULOUS barefoot trim & boots at first ,all the horse I"ve tried have healthy, bare feet-
  • Shoes only when needed. bare allows the best health and development
  • Barefoot while FL during winter, equiflex shoes during summer and fall in mountains, endurance horse
  • Horses don't need shoes
  • shoes on front for support, barefoot behind
  • maybe boots later
  • I've had more issues with shoes on. Less problems with bare feet and regular trimming.
  • Much better solution
  • Good Feed/Good Suppliments/Good breeding=Great Feet
  • he wears front shoes during show season and gets them pulled in the winter.
  • Shoes are too expensive. My husband even does all the hoof trimming that needs to be done.
  • barefoot in winter & shod for competing or trail riding
  • After the show season, my farrier pulls their shoes for the winter to have new hoof for new show sea
  • barefoot is the only way to go. if you love your horse you'll take the time to learn how their hoof
  • Why ruin good feet with shoes?
  • hard apaloosa white feet, mustang trim every 8 weeks
  • I keep them shoeless until they start working
  • so far he doesn't need them yet. Has good walls, and is a dressage horse only.
  • barefoot for almost 8 years and doing great
  • My horse is unable to do the trails so no need for shoes.
  • I do barrel racing ang gykhana, so these are a must!
  • we focus on trimming for the individual, toes back promoting heel support.
  • most of my horses go barefoot, wearing renegade boots on trails where needed.
  • Shoes from spring to fall for showing and trail riding then pull them for the winter
  • Rode on sandy soil, and hooves were trimmed every six week with no problems.
  • He's 31 and not ridden. He wore shoes when he was a younger show horse.
  • owner of 2 horse 1 has shoes on the front other is barefoot
  • I pull shoes in winter
  • I have a wonderful natural trim farrier!
  • glue on
  • When we are riding in the spring summer and fall shoes on all, then off for winter break.
  • Careful balancing, mustad shoes, & pour in pads restored my pony's health/soundness. Do what works.
  • have 7 horses;only show horses get shoes, usually in front and only during show season.
  • I do endurance riding and use renegade boots, my horses'
  • All of my performance horses are barefoot and trimmed by a certified natural hoof care trimmer.
  • Barefoot natural hoof care
  • Natural barefoot trim
  • I have all three
  • My horses play polo and do jumping barefoot. A great farrier that understands barefoot trims the key
  • fall and winter ...No Shoes as we ride in snow and there may be some ice. Summer, shoes for racehor
  • Front shoes during the riding season (5 months)
  • Rio, 20 yr old quarter horse , barefoot 1 year. Doing great & healthy feet.
  • One totally shoeless and one fronts only
  • Never had shoes on and does everything without a days lameness !
  • More healthy horses, more healthy hooves, happy horses and happy humans !
  • Going to get hoofboots for rough terrain
  • Front shoes go on if we are riding on rocky trails... BF most of time!
  • My horse loves his Old Mac Boots!! every rocky ride!
  • barefoot, but with 'boots' for rough ground
  • unless there is a medical reason for putting a shoe on (damaged sole)
  • Barefoot for now on soft ground.
  • 3 daily riders shod 1 only on front. Ocasional mounts go barefoot. Shoes before any parades.
  • intra ocular pressure
  • Barefoot is the healthiest for the horse, unless specific work loads are destroying the hoof.
  • Taken off every six weeks and trimmed
  • Summer, front shoes Winter, no shoes
  • 2 HORSES ALL THE WAY AROUND THE ONE I'M TRAINING IS BAREFOOT, FOR NOW
  • only one wears front shoes, my trail riding mare. All others go barefoot.
  • Barefoot in the winter
  • I have 4 horses.2 quarter horses, one paint and one pony. They all go barefoot and most have never h
  • If I can learn to trim my own TB mare's hooves ANYONE can!
  • I have two horses and are both barefoot, they are more sound than with shoes...Happy ponies!
  • booted on the front for trails
  • Barefoot is best whenever possible - the foot can function as designed.
  • I have 4 horses. 2 wear shoes on all 4's and i wears bar shoes on the front only. 1 bare all around.
  • both barefoot in winter; retired horse is barefoot all the way
  • 2 Tbreds with previously bad shod feet.Now bare with boots for work.Great feet now!
  • All 5 of my horses are barefoot unless they show any signs of needing shoes (wear, need of support)
  • TW gelding front shoes 3 seasons, barefoot in winter. Morgan mare barefoot all year. Great feet.
  • I try to keep my horses as "natural" as possible.
  • Tried going barefoot but after some problems both my vet & farrier agreed she should be shod.
  • shoes only on the front
  • front only
  • I use Easycare Edge boots for trail riding
  • I use EasyGloves when out on rough trails. Saves lots of money on farrier bills! Healthy feet, too.
  • I have one with full shoes, and two without shoes. I hate the new crazy "Barefoot" trend!
  • She is in mare pasture & that is policy for safety.
  • I go by my farrier's recommendation, barefoot for now
  • my two retired horses go barefoot all the time while my riding horses only go barefoot in the winte
  • Barefoot horses build a solid foot.
  • Never pick up a foot without a rasp in the hand. Minimum, pick up (& pick out) feet every other day.
  • I have Icelandics. Best hooves in the horse world
  • I shoe in the summer, and go barefoot in the winter
  • my training horses all have shoes, the broodmares and colts are barefoot
  • no shoes in the winter
  • I will put on front boots if rocky conditions
  • varies by horse,not all can go barefoot
  • I believe that leaving my horses barefoot is better for them as it is natural to them
  • My Walkers are going on second year being barefoot.
  • Ever since she had laminitis, we have had to shoe her front feet.
  • Because I live in Michigan my horses are only shoed during show season and then removed
  • barefoot = a healthy, natural foot
  • even my TB is barefoot, despite my farrier's talk of him needing shoes "eventually"
  • 1.Hoof adapts to worklife.2.Horse recovered from sinking founder w/o shoes and pads.
  • shoes on for riding season, off for winter & spring vacation
  • Their feet stay much healthier. We have experience with all four above.
  • Barefoot - basically retired older horses
  • performance barefoot trim - "pasture trim" is not the same thing!
  • I have now 3 barefoot horses. I wish I had done so sooner! healthiest they have ever been.
  • It is more natural for the horse.
  • Mares and young horses are barefoot until hard training then they get shoes on the front.
  • SHOES ARE EVIL
  • ONe horse has to have special shoes, a thoroughbred. The other can go barefoot but I shoe him.
  • I have a fantastic natural barefoot trimmer. She has transformed my horses feet!
  • shoe only when needed
  • A horse has 5 hearts and when you shoe you take away 4
  • who can afford shoes?
  • Actually, two barfoot and one with fronts.
  • When needed I use Old Macs to protect my horses hooves.
  • retired horses are barefoot,working horses on front unless there is a problem
  • We shoe only as needed. Luckily, all our home-bred Morgans have excellent hooves.
  • I am a barefoot trimmer & any horse can perform well barefooted as long as given time to acclimate.
  • We have the most awesome barefoot farrier, few rocks and good Qtr H hooves
  • Pulled his shoes when I got him at 3. He has big beautiful feet
  • Went barefoot after years of problems with my horse's feet and wish I had done it years ago.
  • We use hoof boots for endurance rides and rocky training rides.
  • Shod all around April-Oct... barefoot winter. Retired guy, barefoot with front boots on rides (rare)
  • Barefoot-lucky to have hard, black hooves (foxtrotter)
  • Tried the barefoot way for over a year on never-shod horse. It didn't work.
  • Barefoot Baby!!! (with boots on really rocky trails)
  • heavy horses,about 2000 pounds,5 years old never shod pulling carriages
  • Barefoot since 10 - now 23. No problems with jumping or dressage - great $ savings
  • shoes in the summer
  • times 2 horses
  • Mustang says it all
  • all ten of my horses go barefoot
  • Our horses (Morgan and Mustang) have never been shod and do very well. I use boots when necessary.
  • n/a 2 TBs w/front shoes year round; 1 AWS & 1 RID barefoot year round
  • I have 10 horse, all barefoot with natural trims I do myself
  • He's an ex-racehorse, dressage, and eventer. When I got him his heels were collapsed and unbalanced
  • barefoot since 1995 - feet and legs wonderfully healthy
  • When and if shoes are needed is determined on a horse by horse accessment.
  • I use easyboots on the front for trail riding.
  • We barefoot and boot if we ride in terrain that they are not accustom to. Healthier and cheaper
  • Only reason being is the way his feet wear unevenly
  • Barefoot unless corrective shoeing is needed
  • Barefoot, but wears Renegades for trail rides!!
  • SHOES ABSOLUTELY! Terrain here doesn't allow for going without them.
  • road work during summer wears off feet faster than they grow
  • I have 3 horses, one w/4 shoes, one w/front shoes, and one barefoot!/
  • Small hoofs and mild club-foot, but by going barefoot (for the last year), hoofs are much healthier!
  • Shoes & pads correct coffin bone rotation post founder. She's sound again.
  • mY Horses are barefoot and if I am going to ride in a rocky or unknown area, I use easy boots
  • Barefoot is the ONLY way to get the horse's hoof to function the way nature intended!
  • Barefoot and the healthiest their hooves have ever been!
  • My morgan mare needs shoes all around or she won't grow heel.
  • For as long as they can, heavy work . rocky trails do require shoes.....
  • The Arab X has never worn shoes - great feet - does dressage. The TB has progressed to no shoes.
  • Shoes on in summer off in winter when it's too cold to ride.
  • I have 2 horses in fronts, 1 all around and 1 barefoot
  • My 14 yr old gelding has never had shoes..and has great feet.
  • I have 5 horses, 3 of them never need boots, 2 of them need boots in front only on rocky trails.
  • 2 riding horses shod all-round, 3 broodmares barefoot
  • shoes in front during summer for my thoroughbred...my drafts go bare year round
  • 3 horses & 1 Donkey barefoot. Sometimes use boots in rough terrain on riding horses
  • She wears shoes on all 4 from early spring until late fall.
  • Barefoot trimming is my profession. Started with my own horses 9 years ago.
  • she's 4 and we do natural hoofcare. Use boots when terrain will be harsher than at home.
  • Navicular diagnosis; corrective shoeing no help; barefoot and sound
  • My horse has excellent hooves!
  • My mare is never shod but my gelding is during the summer and fall.
  • good hooves require blanced trims, based on use and footing travelled....
  • Both are barefoot right now. I sometimes have front shoes but only rear once for a 50 mile ride in
  • barefoot is great! I ride over 20 miles at a time on arkansas rocks allmost every weekend.
  • corrective shoes for navicular disease
  • My 8 year old Lipizzan gelding has been barefoot all his life, competes in dressage and hacks out.
  • lots of trouble with "good" farriers so off came shoes. Trouble with "good" trimmers so I trim now.
  • Pulled his shoesm he loves going barefoot, much better for him, I ride him everyday, no problems.
  • 25 years old & not ridden much
  • Tried to go barefoot, but it didn't work for my horse. Would love to if I had a horse that could.
  • I'll never go back to shod! barefoot is the way to go.
  • Pete Ramey Trims and never any shoes
  • we don't have many rocks, so barefoot always; i would use easy boots if rocks were an issue
  • My horses are all retired
  • 1 horse 4 shoes
  • Only use a knowledgable barefoot trimmer
  • I have four horses and only two wear corrective front shoes
  • but when I go were there is rocky grounds like missouri my farrier tells me to shoe if you want to r
  • shoes in the summer as we trail ride in some rocky areas
  • All 6 of my horses' are barefoot and I am a trained hoofcare professional taught by Dr. H. Strasser
  • I want healthier feet and better traction
  • Barefoot all the way-- but has shoes on all 4 right now due to suspensory problems and needing suppo
  • she's a mini
  • barefoot is better for the horse
  • I would put shoes on ONLY if there was a serious med. condition.
  • My mare has never worn shoes. I think they are over-used.
  • My young thoroughbred is barefoot all the time. My draft cross wears front shoes in the summer.
  • We live in a very wet climate, the hoof never has a chance to get hard 6 months out of the year.
  • Some need shoes, some don't.
  • on in the spring off in the fall/winter
  • Out of 26 horses at our stable, only 2 wear shoes. One is an eventer, the other has stifle issues.
  • Wild Horse/Natural Trim
  • Have a 31-year-old Quarter gelding who has always gone barefoot, sand crack now has front shoes
  • my working and training horses get od all the way around ..
  • Barefoot is best!
  • 6 Horses and a Jack
  • Our horses need shoes for excessive wear on hooves by rocky and sandy ground to prevent overwear.
  • Four of my five horses barefoot. Fifth shoes on front only.
  • My horses are out on pasture all the time. With lots of snow in winter, no shoes in winter.
  • Wish he could be barefoot always though...
  • As a retired pasture horse, he gets regular trims but no shoes
  • they're minis ^^
  • Shoes all around during working season (summer/fall), barefoot rest of year
  • 1 horse shows all the way, 1 horse no shoes
  • Shoes all the way around on 1 horse and the other goes barefoot.
  • My horse had feet issues when I got him & we're working on being able to go barefoot one day I hope
  • tough/hard Arabian feet!
  • all 3 are barefoot, we live 50% inCA and 50% in WI. use easy boots if the trails are extremely rock
  • All 6 of them are barefoot unless shoes are needed for corrective issues or special trails
  • Just avoid clips on the shoes. They can be dangerous to the horse if it tears the shoe off.
  • He's always in the pasture no need for shoes at present
  • all my horses have been barefoot for 8 years and doing great
  • Barefoot, jumping, on the trail, in the pasture, always has been, always will be.
  • Have never put shoes on behind. Only in the front if needed.
  • 1 of my 3 needs shoes on her front hooves. She has very weak front hooves that crack w/out them.
  • Natural trim works best for all our horses and mules with easy boots when traveling over rocky trail
  • Shod in front from April thru November. Barefoot for winter.
  • I go for the natural barefoot trim. Very balanced.
  • Old, not ridden anymore & lives where shoes are totally unnecessary
  • depends on the terrain and work load
  • for show horses;work horses do fine with just fronts
  • Easyboots while riding out on the trail
  • She has feet of steel!
  • of my 11 horses, only one wears shoes on the front, as he gets tender when working.
  • Use Epic boots when rocky terrain
  • 2 are barefoot. 2 have front shoes only.
  • not rabid about either, whatever works best
  • After personally studying the topic in-depth, I am convinced my horses are FAR better off barefoot!
  • I'll shoe all the way around if riding in rocky country. I don't want a sore horse!
  • should be varies be reason. I have 10 horses, so in reality, it depends
  • Tried barefoot, but he wears the hoof away too fast when he's in work.
  • Barefoot makes them happy.They wear hoof boots on the trail and are very comfy in them.
  • The more natural the better.
  • Improper management of horses most often instills the belief that horses "need" shoes
  • I have had amazing results with monthly Barefoot trims and boots on front feet for rocky terrain.
  • depends on hoof condition and performance expectations
  • My 3 yo colt owes his life to Pete Ramey's instruction. No more shoes for us!
  • Including competitive trail riding
  • I hate those holes that the nails from the shoes make.
  • If trail footing is bad, I put on "Simple Boots", otherwise all six of my horses are barefoot.
  • all our horses have been barefoot for 2 years and are doing well
  • Have 10 horses - 8 all barefoot, 2 due to hoof issues have shoes on front only
  • barefoot, she is a pasture pony
  • we have coral rock to ride on and need shoes
  • Hoof boots are absolutely necessary for thos in transition or for rougher terrain than they live on
  • barefoot in winter, shoes all around spring, summer, and fall.
  • 3 - 8 yr olds barefoot; 1 Sr 25 year front only; 1 4 yr old in training shod all 4
  • I trim my own horses. For longer rides they wear hoof boots all around.
  • I've had horses for 50 years and they have always been barefoot, it's healthier for the hoof.
  • Both of my gaited horses, 7 yrs. & 19 yrs., have been barefoot for the last 4 & 5 years.
  • I leave all my horses barefoot at least 90 days a year, it seems to really help their feet, and heel
  • miniature horses do not wear shoes.
  • Went barefoot 18 months ago. Will never go back to shoes.
  • I have my horses go barefoot whenever possible but not always possible.
  • Front shoes only on 3 of my horses...my 3 yr old is still barefoot.
  • shoes for show season, then barefoot
  • I will never iron shoe again, when needed easyboot gloves are the way to go!
  • Both of my horses are much older and not ridden, so no shoes.
  • none of my 15 ponies and horses have had shoes in the last 30 years
  • Wouldnt think of shoeing my horse. He has lovely feet
  • Arizona's ground is rocky why put tender feet on those rocks
  • plus hoof-boots
  • shoes only in front in summer
  • competition horse has all 4-retired horse is barefoot
  • For over 6 years now. Even when trail riding their feet are solid with no problems.
  • barefoot is preferred but hoof problems require shoes in front over summer - barefoot over winter
  • we do riding in the mountains of MT and 3 of our horses get shoes from June to Oct
  • one with fronts only unless showing the second barefoot
  • Great feet! Alimar is an Arabian. He does dressage & trail riding.
  • 4 shoes w/Vettec pads in front, tapped for removeable studs when competing (driving w/carriage)
  • I'd rather provide good nutritial,then spend the money on shoes.
  • It took 18 months of fixing her diet, but it was worth it
  • Just took his front shoes off this december
  • one shod on all; two are barefoot
  • all three have great feet
  • never had shoes and never will. I trim him myself
  • How about all of the above? I have 8 horses. Some with no shoes, some with 4 shoes, some with 2.
  • Has had shoes for rocky conditions; not needed most of the time.
  • we know it's best for the horse , if needed we use boots
  • Hooves and frogs have improved since I pulled the shoes
  • The few times my horse needs shoes, I substitute hoof boots. Why put holes in a healthy foot?
  • barefoot as God intended. Shoes only during heavy riding,endurance
  • usde to be barefoot until she developed white line and mild case of laminitis, now in heartbar shoes
  • 2 of my horses have been barefoot their whole lives.
  • Will shoe if I start riding more or harder.
  • Shoes all around when working & barefoot in winter when layed off.
  • I have four and I trim them myself. They wear boots if need be.
  • 4 shoes and pads. Laminitis 8 years ago. Sounds shod like this.
  • Front shoes in Spring-Fall
  • shoes are superfluous for my horses
  • shoes only if needed short term
  • Use Old Mac boots if we know the footing will be rough or we need to be on pavement a lot.
  • Barefoot but if we are going over rough terrain he gets hoof boots!!
  • Most of my horses are barefoot unless in heavy steady work, or if needed they get shoes in front.
  • My mare fortunately has good feet so can go barefoot.
  • Renegade hoof boots for rocky riding
  • My 21 yr. old QH mare that I compete with during the late spring to late fall has shoes on the front
  • No shoes for 20 years -occasional booting when riding in mountains.
  • Boots on the fronts when needed
  • 1 navicular horse front shoes-1 barefoot-1 shod depends on season-1 shod all around all yr
  • All four of my horses are bare, boots if needed.
  • My paso fino has black rock hard feet. I am fortunate he does!
  • all our trail horses, even the Thoroughbreds, and we ride everywhere
  • Horses were never meant to wear shoes. mustangs do not wear them!
  • Barefoot - every breed and every discipline!
  • Both horses are 26 and just pasture potatoes. So no shoes. Trim every 6 weeks.
  • Best thing I did for my horse, especially since I have a professional barefoot trimmer once a month.
  • I have 3 horses that I trail ride - none ever get shod, but have regular trims.
  • No shoes in the winter.
  • All eight of our quarter horses go barefoot. A few rescues are in boots.
  • I live in the uk where road work on metalled roads is a necessity for a lot of horse owners
  • barefoot with hoof boots for the trail
  • For the amount and type of riding, it is unnecessary.
  • The feet have improved significantly since going barefoot!
  • ride alot, have rocky pasture, farrier loves my horses feet...one did not go barefoot untill 14..
  • horses not ridden in winter saves some cash
  • Paso finos go barefoot unless showing or on hard surfaces
  • My Belgian draft is barefoot.
  • Shoes in summer, barefoot in winter
  • We do use Boa Boots when trail riding in rocky areas.
  • one horse is always barefoot and the other wears shoes seasonally
  • I use renegade boots for endurance rides.
  • if any, on the front
  • My horses are seen every 4 weeks by an equine podiatrist. I would put shoes on if they needed them.
  • My old horse wears shoes on his front feet only because he is footsore without them.
  • Front shoes only
  • If dry summer, fronts added to old TB because his hooves chip & split
  • In PA Mtns shoes are a must. Give them a break over winter. Too icy in the mtns to ride much.
  • I trim my drafts myself and I'm a lady. U can 2!
  • Depends on his work load and if he has them, it's only on the front
  • all 8 horses w/ no shoes.We put "sneakers" on their fronts when on the road.We are saving on farrier
  • boot for trails with lots of rock
  • had contracted hooves and frogs, went barefoot and condition improved in one year
  • natural trim on all three horses every 4-6 weeks - varied terrian pasture/creek/woods 24/7
  • Perfect feet according to my shoer. If it ain't broke,don't fix it.
  • Front only late spring through fall
  • BAREFOOT Horse Care - TWH sound and gaited! I can't believe how dumb I was all those years.
  • we use EasyCare Gloves for trails
  • She's an Arabian
  • Shoes year round, with borium on during the winter.
  • Unshod for 5 years - nothing but lameness issues; sound after 7 years of shoes
  • Two Arabs (14, 15) have always been BF. New QH is also BF; EasyBoot Gloves for the QH (10) on trail.
  • front shoes in summer, barefoot in winter
  • Healthy barefoot hooves!
  • Shoes in the front always, in back only in the summer
  • no need for them
  • I have a wonderful farrier that believes horses should be barefoot and natural
  • One is barefoot; one has front shoes.
  • Varies, according to horses needs, not season
  • Easy Boots when needed
  • When wear is greater than growth you need shoes!
  • Use Boa boots when necessary.
  • We shoe to trail ride and pull them off in the Winter.
  • I switched to going completely barefoot last September, my horses are doing great
  • I prefer barefoot and have competed barefoot, but 2 of my 4 never toughen up and need shoes
  • I have 4 horses, 2 go barefoot all year and 2 wear front shoes only from May to Oct.
  • if there aren't any issues that arise out of going barefoot
  • Varies by individual horse, and work load; trail riding or showing, etc
  • Retired and has healthy hooves. No need for shoes.
  • Some are barefoot, some fron only, some all around
  • Varies by horse. One is barefoot and one is fully shod. Different feet, different work.
  • coz freely 24 hr in paddock
  • Have transitioned our horses to natural barefoot trim. Much success even w a previous lame horse.
  • i feel unless there is a reason a horse needs shoes they should be bare foot.
  • my mares front hooves are very shelly

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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