A barefoot hoof can more easily grip the ground than one that is shod, in part because of the concave nature or a bare hoof.
A barefoot horse has 7 times less stress on joints that it’s shod counterpart.
The frog, intended to make contact with the ground during movement, is a natural shock absorber and miniature “pump”, pushing vital blood and nutrients through the micro vessels of the hoof capsule.
The wall and sole is thicker and healthier in barefoot horses than in shod horses due to its impactful contact with the ground and the ability for it to absorb nutrients circulated through the hoof capsule by the frog, as mentioned above. The sole thickens and becomes tough, able to carry a horse over a multitude of rough terrain, including rocks.
Nearly any horse, regardless of breed, can develop a healthy barefoot hoof with the right approach.
Weight Bearing Load/Support
Weight distribution occurs across the entire surface of the hoof. The sole, bars, wall, frog, and heel all bear weight when the horse is barefoot, optimizing support.