Hey - I see that Monty will soon be profiling jumper horses in his October lessons. In my neck of the woods, the footing for jumper horses is grass and many horses are shod and have corks to prevent them from slipping on the manicured grass (like at Spruce Meadows), so I am told. Myself, I prefer to have my horse barefoot and I just want to ask if any of you have ever seen jumper horses perform adequately on grass without shoes and corks? I do not have experience behind me to stand up to these "oldtimers" who advocate that corks are required to prevent injury to horses. I do not want to make my horse susceptible to injury. Has anyone ever seen a jumper horse compete with boots on? I have youtubed the swiss horse boot with corks which shows a horse trotting on ice. Is this for real?