Can you comment on the incidence of soft tissue injuries in padded horses vs. flat shot horses? It seems like there would be more soft tissue injuries because of the increased strain on soft tissues from being shod in pads, but maybe that is not the case?
Also, it is my (possibly incorrect) understanding that a lot of horses that are shod this way actually retire at very young ages (not necessarily because of injury), so possibly that would reduce the overall strain on them throughout their lifetimes?
Just speculating here and looking for information. I know almost nothing about this.