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You could try hoof pads, if he gets ouchy after shoeing. They will probably be made of leather, and the area between the pad and the sole of the hoof is packed with oakum, to assure that the frog gets pressure on every step. Try it for a couple of shoeing cycles, and see if it helps. The nails go through the leather into the hoof wall as usual, and although a padded hoof isn’t particularly susceptible to water, you would probably want to keep the horse out of really sucky mud.