I will admit, I seriously considered competing in Easy Boots this year instead of having shoes put on John. He has really solid feet (they are hard - tough to break down etc) and the information I had heard and read from the barefoot movement really intrigued me. I thought I could leave him barefoot all season and just put the boots on the day before a ride and go. I knew he would need to be trimmed more often (every four weeks) but thought it might be worthwhile in the end.
My farrier was here Friday and I asked him. "Try it," he said. I told him I wanted to try the glue-ons - they don't touch above the coronary band at all. Since John had a problem with bell boots rubbing on a 15 mile training ride, this is essential.
Yesterday I got out my sizing chart and ruler that measures in millimeters. I measured all four of John's feet. Each hoof is a different size. Three hooves would require custom boots (none of the custom boots would be the same size either). One hoof, the right front, could wear a standard boot.
I called my farrier and made an appointment for shoes. While I still think boots might be a good idea, I'm not sure they are a good idea for this horse.