I've just spent the last half hour or maybe more reading this thread. My years of riding have ALWAYS been with unshod horses. I hadn't even heard of barefoot until last year. Shoeing was always what the racehorses had done or the showies or ponyclubbers. For me out on the farm all horse were unshod including the racehorses that were spelling & retired. When I was ready for the next level of horse it was one of these OTTB's that I'd be handed & rode without any dramas. I have to say Retro, with all your arguments on the shoeing side you haven't managed to convince me one little bit that shoeing is better than barefoot (not even sure if that's what you're trying to do, you've said so much & yet so little:confused: ). To all that gave info on 'barefoot', thanks, I did learn from you & would love to continue learning from you when these sorts of questions areasked in the future. Please continue to post in other threads your experiences & knowledge. Teddy2shoes - I also know a lady who is very knowledgeable & lives in/near Albany & will talk for hours about management of barefoot horses & ponies. PM me if you would like to know more.