Sunny and I have logged over 32 miles of gravel road this week. Calendar-wise, he should be about due for a trim, but....
Except for the few months he was with the trainer as a three-year-old (and covering several miles of gravel road every day, with all the resulting hoof-wear), he's never needed shoes. Good feet, and he wears them pretty evenly all the way around.
Unlike Rufus, who we've pretty much determined needs shoes to be comfortable on anything other than pasture, Sunny doesn't get sore-footed on gravel. But he is getting pretty short in the toes. Rufus will get his shoes pulled while T's gone unless I decide to ride him a lot - but I'm contemplating having shoes put on Sunny. I think it's that or invest in some barefoot boots for him, but there are so many varieties out there... Anyone have any experience with those?