Currently staying at Fort Valley Ranch and discovered just how different gaited horses are in the traction department from trotting horses. At the walk, on a paved road they would slip behind. The trails we did were easy but still had some rock so I’m assuming the rocky trails would be worse than the paved roads so some traction is needed.
Right now they are both flat shod normal angles. I’m not a fan of borium because we turn the horses out in one field and a kick from a borium shot hoof can be messy. I know their are drive in studs but are they enough? Same with screw in would they really work? Any other shoeing options
So then there are boot. Which ones fit well how often do you have to go back and find one that fell off ( I hated when I rode with people who had velcoed bell boots and 3/4th of the ride was searching for a boot). Do the boots provide the level of traction needed for the rocky advanced trails. Can the boots be worn over shoes or do they need too be on barefoot only.
So any advice or information would be extremely welcome.