This is such an important topic that receives too little attention: You must make your horse's health and shoeing a priority if you want to get the best your horse can give you. I personally advise getting on a program that includes regular dental, general wellness, vaccinations, worming and shoeing.
I have the opportunity of working with really wonderful veterinarians and farriers. They are first and foremost really good horsemen. To me, this is an absolute must. The men and women I work with are constantly learning and always caring. In the many years I have worked with them, they are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise with me and I am always eager to listen and learn.
Some of our horses are on programs that comprise acupuncture, chiropractic care and drug therapy as well. I don't believe you can remove any one part - all of these things work together. A good example is Joanne Salisbury's VP Midnitestranger ++/ (or "Wes"). After his serious injury three years ago in Canada, we did everything we could to help him recover but most importantly, we put him on a continuing program and there has been a great payback as he is able to perform and do very well again.
My advice in short: Pick good people to work with then take their advice and make it part of your training program. See you next week! JD