Put some new shoes on Car, my horse the other day. A debate about shoeing vs no shoeing rages on and I am sometimes questioned about it.
For me it really depends on what your going to use your horse for and, your horse. Kathy and I have one horse, Kathy's horse, who is 17 and has never had a rasp or nippers ever touch his hoofs. We live in really rocky country, but he has never needed any help keeping his feet wore down. I use to have a horse, Ziggy, and if you ever took his shoes off, even on sand, he would hobble around like you just cut his legs off. Horses are all a little different. Some can get by with shoes on just the front end others, need them all the way around.
If you live in an area where the ground is soft, not rocky, and that's the kind of country you ride in all the time, you may be able to get by with just triming your horse. If you live in an area where it's really rocky and you are chasing cattle down everyday, you may need to keep shoes on your horse, at least for the working season.
Whatever your situation, it's really up to you what to do or not do for your horse. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to shoes. However, when it comes to me, you do what you think is best for your horse. If you ask me what I think, I will be happy to tell you. But, if you don't ask I'm not going to say anything. It's your horse after all.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.