Some horses just can’t go barefoot! I tried for the first 5 years of my gelding’s life to go barefoot with him. He was developing all types of lameness, pulling this and that because he was trying to avoid hurting his soles! I gave up and started with shoes. No lameness issues anymore (he’s now 18). My mare – not only is she shod, she is in pads during the wet season. My farrier knows what she is doing – my horses don’t have contracted heels, messed up frogs or any such thing that people say happens to shod horses. The only problem is the cost of the shoeing! Some horses just cannot go barefoot.