Indi, my gelding, has been always a bit thin soled, tender footed on gravel and such. Hence he always been wearing front shoes. Since my accident in May we have pulled the shoes and he has been barefoot. There are not problems as long as we are on soft ground, in the arenas or on trails. Problem is that a lot of our trails have some gravel. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite riding spots, Sandy point State Forrest, has a lot of semi graveled roads. A friend suggested Venice Turpentine. Supposedly it will harden the sole and make them less sensitive. I would love to keep him barefoot. Sooo? Is it true, anybody tried it?