Shoes are used for three things: protection, correction, and traction. If your horse has a well-balanced strong hoof, then shoes are not necessarily needed. It depends greatly on what your horse is used for as well as what type of surfaces your horse will be walking on. If your horse, however, does not have a well-balanced hoof, poor angles, or weak, chipping walls then shoes may be needed. If you have concerns about your horse’s feet, a hoof assessment can be performed. Consultation between your farrier and veterinarian is important in determining the appropriate needs for your horse’s hooves.