The distorted pathologies of horses' hooves damaged by shoes is horrendous. Despite the limitations placed on them, it is amazing that the horse still gives us his best efforts. You're horse's hooves are one of the most critical parts to keeping them sound, happy, and pain free. As the old saying goes: no hoof, no horse, not to be taken lightly.
For those of you still sitting on the fence about rehabilitating your horse's hooves and taking those steel shoes off, click to read this article.