Why Do Horses Wear Shoes?
Question: Why Do Horses Wear Shoes?
Answer: Horses wear horse shoes for a number
1. To protect their feet, especially if you are
riding them on rocky terrain.
2. To help heal feet, if they have a "split"
in their hoof, similar to a broken fingernail.
3. For showing purposes -- I can't think of any
show or race horse that isn't shod.
But primarily, it's for protecting their feet.
If the horse is just out on pasture all the time,
they generally don't need shoes on. They should
be trimmed regularly to maintain good hoof health.