It is highly recommended to have your equine shod x4. Some visitors use hoof boots successfully, but this takes advance preparation and be sure the boots fit securely or it could be expensive and frustrating. Those with sensitive hooves may benefit from pads. Barefoot horses will find the flat ledges of limestone rock encountered on trail much more slippery than to shod horses. For a short weekend with a strong-hooved horse front shoes alone may be adequate, but again, we highly recommend having shoes x4.