In my corner if the sandpile, just about every jumping or dressage horse I see is shod with side clips on the fronts. I gather its not peculiar to my area as others have mentioned the same thing. It seems guys are just defaulting to side clips as a matter of course whether they are needed or not. Some guys do not use toe clips.... ever. I'll most certainly use them if they going to help me achieve what I'm trying to do, but if I have just a normal healthy well shaped hoof they just get an ordinary toe clip. I see them as temporary and once I've got the hoof where I want it, it goes back to an ordinary toe clip. That's all , but my concern is that folks are now toe clips as something out of the ordinary or something only hacks nail on. WTF? Why is this happening?