My “baby” is coming 4.5yrs this winter (born 8/28/12) and he’s possibly coming down to Florida for the season. He has always been barefoot, but also in a very very low-key program.
Started him summer 2015 very lightly. Little walk trot, mostly out of the arena. Started some canter and got ridden maybe twice a week but more like two rides a month for the next year.
Started jumping this spring very causally.
This July we did 3x wk and spent Derby Finals in KY just hacking around and checking things out (did not show). Finished the year with a local show in October jumping around baby greens at 2ft which was the most jumps we’ve done in a row.
Since then we’ve trail ridden and he’s worked maybe once a week.
We moved from super humid Houston to outside Atlanta GA last winter, and his feet definitely are tending to crack and chip. I’d also like a little bit more foot on him.
I was concerned shoes would make the chipping worse during the summer here with all the flies and dry ground (he lives outside). However, I’m wondering if we should try shoes if he comes to Florida. The idea being he’ll start into regular work and not be outside stomping at flies all day. I have a farrier that travels to WEF that I love, so I’m not concerned about that aspect.
I’d love others thoughts, opinions, experiences!