Barefoot & Poultice Boots
For the barefoot horse hoof boots are the equivalent of human hiking boots or running shoes, serving to both protect the sensitive hoof from wear and tear (especially on rough ground or stony surfaces), absorb impact and provide traction.
Hoof boots also have certain therapeutic uses and are useful when exercising a horse undergoing the transition from shod to shoeless.
Many riders use hoof boots as a spare shoe, carrying them with them on cross-country outings in case the horse accidentally loses a metal shoe.
Hoof boots come in various styles with different features, and the choice is mainly down to what boots suit your riding activity and terrain as far as tread and sole thickness goes; what fits the horse comfortably and snugly; and which you find easiest to fasten.