My three year five month old gelding has been lightly backed to be a trail horse for the summer months. He's been out on the trails since he was about 2 years old. But as he's gotten older, he's been out a lot more. Half way through he gets foot sore, and is sore for a few days after. I've tried taking him out one every two weeks. I've tried daily to "toughen" up his feet but nothing seems to be helping. He's fine on the back, his fronts seem to wear down a lot more. Is it too soon to get him shod? My farrier has agreed to do it if he needs them. He's just warned me that the downside of it is he may need them for the rest of his life since he'll have them on so long. He isn't taken on the trails in winter, so he'll probably have them taken off in winter while he's just ridden in the schools if he can cope and have them on during the summer months? Do I wait it out and see if his feet toughen up or shod him? He was trailed every other day but I've had to stop it due to him being sore.