... This is how I feel about the upcoming endurance ride. I feel a little... scattered... about the whole hoof protection/shoes/boots/barefoot thing. Here is what I know: Shoes worked last ride, but I'm not too keen on keeping him shod for half the year. Boots haven't worked for me even on a 10 mile training ride. Using no protection is fine for training rides over ALL terrain for up to 10 miles, further than that is unknown. As John pointed out, race day is not the day to try out new racing flats. I am the kind of person who likes to know the answer before I ask the question. I am inclined to agree with John. So, I am going to go with what has worked over the distance we are going and then reevaluate the situation before our next ride. I know that shoeing for this ride doesn't commit us to shoeing forever, but I just feel sad about putting more holes in his hooves. However, my appointment isn't until Wednesday so who knows what will happen in my head between now and then!