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You don't need to put shoes on horses unless they are damaging or wearing the feet down and that necessitates shoes being put on. If they have tough and hard feet, then shoes shouldn't be necessary.
If the foot starts to spread in width at the base, in such a manner as to become splay footed, or chips, or cracks, or bruises, then you must shoe the horse.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|