Corado, my TB has been barefoot for 3 years now. He has a thin sole and always will. That's his nature. But he has no limp. I removed the shoes at the time because he was lame supposedly navicular
that's a joke. He stopped limping when I removed the shoes.
Of course you may find a farrier who doesn't know what he's doing which will complicate things. We had found a farrier who decided to lower Corado's heels way too much. He didn't even want to leave his stall at the time.
Now I found a farrier who follows the 4-point method. I have read up alot of Pete Ramey so we try to compromise. He has alot more experience than me but I truly believe in Pete Ramey's method. So he has to convince me that what's he wants to do will not make my horses lame. They have not had a problem for the last 2 years (except an abscess but that's uncontrollable).
In my opinion, if you can't trim yourself (which I can't), it's important to know what the farrier is doing and why.
My horses are on crushed gravel and pea gravel in front of their shelter and soft terrain in their paddock. All is fine now.
P.S. Magik went barefoot as soon as I adopted him (january 1 2008) and has never shown any limp whatsoever.
I am completely sold on barefoot. I know most people will say that certain horses need to be shod but I would assume that this is rare.