Walk on the wild side
Barefoot is the way to go to prevent a lot of damage and possible lameness. It can be a lengthy process for a horse that has always worn shoes. There are other options to keep the horse as comfortable as possible through the transition like glue on shoes or rubber boots. It is just as important to find the right farrier. Someone who cares about horses and listens to your concerns. A horse can still be lame if the hooves are not being trimmed properly. This is another heavily debated topic in the horse world. Take a look at the post, articles, and links and decide for yourself. I personally have seen the amazing results of barefoot and proper trimming. Knowledge is power!