Okay here is my question/delima. In April i bought my mare.She is 1/2 Arab 1/2 paint.Prior to that I had many many straight arabs and NEVER EVER had to do shoes.Occasionally I would get another breed of horse and thye would need fronts.But my full arab guys ...NEVER. So I buy said mare (adore her) and she wasbarefoot but soon realixe i will HAVE to get shoes on her as she is SOOO ouchy on the rocks.More than any horse I had ever ridden.We were trail riding about 10 hours a week over summer and fall.Shoes on the front she is a solid dream on the trail. She doesn;t much like riding in the ring (gets bored unless I really work on figures etc) and she is very well broke. My ring is the lowest point of our property and not rocky but in the winter/spring it is mostly too wet to ride in often.DD 11 is my riding partner. So at dinner last nite we were talking about daylight savings time, which starts next weekend.Here in NC that means all the trail riding we had done during the week will end. We had got some ride time in my tacking up at 4;30 and leaving by 5 to b home by 7-7:30. We rode last week and got home at 7 sharp and it was almost full dark.SO i don't think we will be able to ride but on the weekends after daylight savings, unless we ride in ring.So I am debating the shoes.She got her last shoes on Oct 3 and they last a good 8 weeks.SO I am thinking I will have them pulled 1st week of Dec, and not get them done again till late March. Shoes on front cost me 65.00 so it would only save me 130.00 for the 4 months.I am kinda hoping with it being wet(ter) rocks won't bother her as bad.Am I delusional? Seems like a lot to just be able to ride 2x aweek. But maybe I am looking at this from the wrong angle and the shoes just make her more comfortable everywhere all the way round. My situation now is different then in the past where we mostly rode in a ring.Now our lifestyle is such that we mostly trail ride.So this is a new area for me.I have MILES AND MILES of trails .5 mile down the road and we LOVE it and ride for HOURS.My mare is rock solid and adores going out. Any thoughts?