Horse Shoes for Road Riding

What can I shoe my horse with that will provide traction and reduce concussion when riding on paved roads?

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Horse Shoes for Road Riding
Drive-in carbide studs can provide great traction for road-riding. | Photo:

Q.I’m an American now living in England. I have a young horse just being started in harness for carriage driving with the eventual plan to compete in combined driving trials. Where I keep her, and indeed just about anywhere one keeps a horse here, there is nowhere to ride/drive that is off-road. In order to fit her up and drive her in any other configuration than a trip around the arena, I must go out on the roads—something I have never had to do in the United States with a riding or driving horse.

Currently she is unshod with good, healthy feet. She shows no sign of lameness or soreness of any kind, but she has only done light work in harness on the roads. What can I shoe her with that will not make her dependent on it yet will provide her with some

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