My guy just went to $120 for a set of new shoes with toe and heel caulks. He is not as "neat" as my last guy but Greg lost a battle with cancer so I was lucky to find Bob. I ride Copper without shoes part of the year but when we are covering a lot of ground on gravel roads getting ready for hunting season I put shoes on her. I know some folks think horses and mules can go bare hooved but like my older friend said when someone told him that "you go walk for 10-12 miles on the rocked logging roads barefoot and see how you like it!" If I expect her to take me in for miles and haul me or my animal back out, I will spend the money to put shoes on her.