Hoof boots are a standard and recommended tool for the transition from shod to barefoot. For the first several months after pulling the shoes, horses should use front hoof boots for riding. Some will need boots during the entire “transition” year, especially those that work on paved or gravel roads, rocky trails, or frozen ground, to protect sensitive internal tissues while they heal.
Many of us live in “horse-unfriendly” climates. Horses that live on soft footing, or are insulin resistant (IR), may always need hoof boots for riding on rough or hard surfaces. Horses that work on paved roads should use boots on all four feet, to prevent excess wear of their hooves; pavement is very abrasive.
We are proud to say that all our 26 horses are barefoot at Campbell Hills Guest Ranch and wear boots when the terrain gets too dry and rocky in the hot summer months.