This completely confused me as she has very nice, hard hooves and no issues what so ever on varied terrain, including gravel driveways and roads. To my knowledge she's never been shod, and I had no plans on doing so.
I asked Mr. Farrier why should I shoe? His response was that her hoofs are not growing very fast. I'm aware of this as we are 8 weeks out since last full trim. However, he's filed oval and rasped chips at week 6 and again yesterday at week 8. Her frog is healthy and not protruding, she is not low in the heel, she is very balanced and feels awesome when riding. She was exactly the same way last summer.
He just couldn't come up with any other reason to put shoes on her.
I offer to pay for these files/rasping trips (she's not the only horse he does in the barn on these trips) and he does not take money from me.
It doesn't make sense to me to put shoes on her. Has anyone else heard of shoeing a horse because their hoofs are growing slow?