Poll

Snow Shoes

Do you change your horse's shoes during the winter?

Pull his shoes for the winter
21%
196
Put on special shoes or pads to ride in the snow
9%
85
My horse keeps his shoes on year-round
15%
135
My horse is always barefoot
52%
475
Other (please specify)
3%
29

Total votes cast: 920

Comments & Write-in Answers

She wears easy boots with titanium studs in them.

11/29/2010 10:07:29 PM

snowball pads & tap-in caulks for traction

11/29/2010 9:41:22 PM

None of myhorses wear shoes...EVER! There is no substitute for healthy hooves!

11/29/2010 9:38:24 PM

sharp shods and snowball pads

11/29/2010 9:37:04 PM

The one horse that gets shod is barefoot on the winter, ,y other three are barefoot year-round.

11/29/2010 9:19:42 PM

I don't ride as much and the ground is softer too.

11/29/2010 8:42:54 PM

I have 5 horses on farm-2 are barefoot-2 keep shoes on and 1 is barefoot all year

11/29/2010 7:57:28 PM

My gaited is ridden mostly on the sandy soil in the area and does very well year-round without shoes

11/29/2010 6:53:40 PM

Easy boot gloves are used when needed

11/29/2010 6:49:10 PM

Once the shows are over for the year we replace the aluminum shoes with steel.

11/29/2010 6:48:13 PM

I live in the NW wheres there is lots of rain.allways wet feet an mud:(

11/29/2010 5:33:09 PM

Borium & snow pads every winter.

11/29/2010 12:54:41 PM

always barefoot

11/29/2010 12:50:48 AM

I live in northern Iowa and we tend to get alot of ice before we get snow, so shoes are probably not

11/28/2010 11:05:07 PM

gelding has front shoes, mare barefoot all the way around all year

11/28/2010 8:29:44 PM

My horses (10) are all healthier barefoot.

11/28/2010 1:38:04 PM

I use shoes year round because my horse has very flat feet. In Winter Ids to keep out the snow

11/28/2010 12:21:18 PM

we keep horses in the " little karroo" , a mountainous , dry area in South Africa 's Cape region.

11/28/2010 5:57:20 AM

barefoot in WA. In AK I had borium ice shoes and snowball pads- it depends where you live.

11/28/2010 1:43:18 AM

I use Boa boots to trail ride when it is rocky.

11/27/2010 11:10:47 PM

Switch from aluminum show shoes to cheaper, sturdy steel shoes

11/27/2010 10:23:36 PM

special shoes in winter ,normal shoe althrough the rest of the year

11/27/2010 10:22:10 PM

We have 20 horses and they are all barefoot

11/27/2010 8:34:30 PM

I wish he could go barefoot. He is in once it snows and goes out in indoor arena.

11/27/2010 2:01:07 PM

pull shoes and boot if needed

11/27/2010 11:17:12 AM

My Foxtrotter has hard black hooves, no need for shoes!

11/27/2010 2:44:08 AM

Without Ice shoes he would not stay standing during Alaska's harsh winters.

11/27/2010 1:59:04 AM

Add studs

11/26/2010 1:42:50 PM

have kept my horse bare foot, due to white line disease (does better with shoes off than on)

11/26/2010 1:15:38 PM

I pull in the summer, too hot to ride in summer in Florida

11/26/2010 11:34:57 AM

Only had 1 w/shoes & pulled them. Now all 6 are barefoot.

11/26/2010 9:58:13 AM

My horse has never been shod. Hopefully won't ever have to.

11/26/2010 9:54:58 AM

Barefoot naturally,except riding on heavy gravel trails I use renegade hoof boots.They are the best.

11/26/2010 8:50:52 AM

borium and snow pads on front; pull hind shoes

11/26/2010 6:38:11 AM

Those that are barefoot stay barefoot. Those with shoes keep them but don't go out when it's icy.

11/26/2010 2:32:58 AM

OTTB mare has rock-hard bare feet all year long, her traction is astounding!

11/26/2010 12:29:19 AM

2 retired 30 year old mares with 40 acre pasture to enjoy

11/25/2010 11:25:28 PM

No shoes=no problems year round.

11/25/2010 11:17:21 PM

my horses have VIRGIN feet!!!

11/25/2010 7:26:01 PM

Those that are working keep them on year around others are barefoot

11/25/2010 3:08:01 PM

I ride all winter long in snow andslippery conditions so i need studs pads and winter shoes .some of

11/25/2010 9:23:51 AM

Depends on the horse, I never have a single blanket policy for my horses.

11/25/2010 8:54:32 AM

I believe that barefoot is the way to go. Barefoot is natural. Horses were not made with shoes on.

11/25/2010 8:33:20 AM

use to keep on all winter, but pull off now.

11/25/2010 8:32:40 AM

Each horse is diferent

11/25/2010 7:45:51 AM

This gives the horses foot time to let their hooves spread naturally.

11/25/2010 1:40:54 AM

We put borium points on the shoes and rim snow pads for safety during turnout, but ride indoors.

11/24/2010 11:30:24 PM

Snow? Not so much a problem in South Carolina.

11/24/2010 9:54:41 PM

I always pull shoes in the winter to let their feet have a break.

11/24/2010 9:36:23 PM

use boots when riding

11/24/2010 7:09:20 PM

My horses all wear front shoes and are trimmed behind and re

11/24/2010 7:06:15 PM

keep shoes on front as mare has issues with rundown heels

11/24/2010 5:57:13 PM

I put boots on if needed in hard terrain. Otherwise barefoot is perfect for winter riding.

11/24/2010 4:54:03 PM

I don't shoe unless the horse NEEDS the shoes. If the feet are good, they go barefoot.

11/24/2010 3:52:10 PM

Removed them when I did use shoes.

11/24/2010 3:46:48 PM

I don't have an indoor arena so if I want to ride at all in the winter I have to pull them

11/24/2010 2:44:15 PM

been pulling shoes in the winter for 25 years and horses are always sound

11/24/2010 2:15:49 PM

We pull the shoes if at all possible during the muddy and snowy season.

11/24/2010 2:00:56 PM

My horse is barefoot but I use Old Mac G2s with studs to ride in the ice and snow

11/24/2010 1:37:08 PM

Use boots when necessary otherwise barefoot

11/24/2010 1:23:52 PM

My gelding's feet break up, but our climate is nice year round for riding

11/24/2010 1:12:51 PM

My horses are always barefoot-my farrier says if all horses were like mine, he'd be out of business

11/24/2010 1:05:22 PM

Our horses are turned out in pasture for the winter months.

11/24/2010 12:52:56 PM

snow pads not always good for turnout so pull shoes

11/24/2010 11:43:18 AM

We have a lot of ice here and they have no traction with shoes on

11/24/2010 10:49:15 AM

Homer, AK we put on padded studded winter shoes to keep horses upright in icy pastures and roads

11/24/2010 10:30:00 AM

if possible I pull them so snow and ice don't cause a problem

11/24/2010 10:24:16 AM

Horses are kept trimmed on a 4 to 6 week schedule

11/24/2010 10:17:22 AM

Always been barefoot. 3 ntl' championships. Textbook perfect feet. Morabs!

11/24/2010 10:01:31 AM

to give the hoof time to expand and holes to grow out

11/24/2010 9:53:04 AM

Borium on the shoes and sometimes snow pads.

11/24/2010 9:36:49 AM

Drill tec on ones with shoes

11/24/2010 9:15:12 AM

borium front shoes for winter

11/24/2010 8:54:42 AM

Barefoot is best year round, and costs a lot less...here's to happy, healthy feet!

11/24/2010 8:35:27 AM

In icy New England horses outdoors in winter need something to keep them from slipping.

11/24/2010 8:33:49 AM

Watch "Hoof Proof 1" on You-Tube. Eye opening!

11/24/2010 7:54:35 AM

Barefoot is almost always best

11/24/2010 7:11:14 AM

clean hooves;if nec coat sole with lit oil to release packed snow-ice

11/23/2010 11:19:10 PM

I have always pulled the shoes on all my horses. We have no cattle here in the high desert.

11/23/2010 11:14:05 PM

My horse's hooves are much thicker and have increased a size since going barefoot for 3 years.

11/23/2010 11:13:06 PM

advid proponent of barefoot horses - firmly believe shoes compromise hoof function and cause harm

11/23/2010 10:53:57 PM

my haflinger has always had great feet,ferrier says no for shoes.even for driving

11/23/2010 10:45:46 PM

No horse on this planet should ever have to wear shoes again ! They should be exhibits in museums.

11/23/2010 10:03:13 PM

Better for his feet he is a mustang

11/23/2010 9:52:51 PM

year round, but borium spots for ice and snow, even in the pasture

11/23/2010 9:18:24 PM

it don't snow here

11/23/2010 9:08:09 PM

A Natural Hoof is the best hoof for a horse as they were never meant to wear shoes.

11/23/2010 8:52:58 PM

I pull the back shoes & keep front shoes with

11/23/2010 8:26:08 PM

nothing is more difficult to deal with than shoes in snow

11/23/2010 8:16:00 PM

ALWAYS BAREFOOT & EASYBOOT GLOVES FOR TRAIL RIDING.

11/23/2010 8:13:51 PM

barefoot year round.

11/23/2010 8:01:30 PM

I use Easy-boots which are great for traction in th snow.

11/23/2010 7:29:04 PM

Shoes with two large heel studs,two small toe studs, and "rim pads" to stop snow balling under feet

11/23/2010 7:23:59 PM

My horses wear shoes all year round. The farrier puts snowpads on from Nov -April

11/23/2010 7:21:10 PM

we pull or pad depending on work needs

11/23/2010 7:18:38 PM

Proper barefoot trim not only keeps horses sound but improves traction in all weather.

11/23/2010 7:12:43 PM

I love trimming my own horses and LEAVING them barefoot forever more! Love Easyboot gloves at times

11/23/2010 7:10:45 PM

Horse needs shoes for support due to past suspensory problem. Might add rims this winter.

11/23/2010 7:08:14 PM

My barefoot trimmer, Kaileen St. Antoine of EmpathyEquine.com, is awesome!

11/23/2010 6:57:52 PM

My horse needs corrective shoes for navicular year round

11/23/2010 6:44:57 PM

Don't usually ride in the winter here in New England.

11/23/2010 6:41:12 PM

my horse is barefoot, use cavello boots

11/23/2010 6:23:12 PM

I have 3 horses, 1 is always barefoot, 1 has them pulled for Winter, and the 3rd wears them all yr.

11/23/2010 6:17:10 PM

All of my horses are barefoot. Three of our boarders have shoes, two have pads for winter.

11/23/2010 6:14:42 PM

Use hoofboots add studs to hoof boots for winter riding. B4 Hoofbots

11/23/2010 5:52:58 PM

My guy has shelly feet so he wears shoes year round

11/23/2010 5:48:22 PM

No winter riding/no shoes.

11/23/2010 5:20:13 PM

If my horse needs extra traction, I will use hoofboots.

11/23/2010 4:45:45 PM

none of my horses have ever had shoes even to work

11/23/2010 4:41:07 PM

we pull the back shoes and shoe with rim (snow) pads in front

11/23/2010 4:40:15 PM

In FL we put on "SHOW" shoes, not snow shoes!

11/23/2010 4:35:44 PM

and gets snowpads

11/23/2010 4:35:16 PM

Bad hooves and quarter crack - shod all year, pads in winter.

11/23/2010 4:33:41 PM

I have one that has to stay in shoes due to navicular. The other one gets the shoes pulled.

11/23/2010 4:32:31 PM

My horse wears the "shoes" God gave him all year round

11/23/2010 4:28:37 PM

I've not had shoes on my horses for over 15 years now. They don't need them.

11/23/2010 4:21:07 PM

unless they are in training

11/23/2010 4:03:56 PM

Trim every five or six weeks

11/23/2010 4:02:24 PM

My horses go barefoot, except one will be in Sigafoos until her hoof injury grows out.

11/23/2010 4:02:21 PM

at least one horse has shoes on, but I switch which horse so they get barefoot time

11/23/2010 3:59:11 PM

only use when needed

11/23/2010 3:59:04 PM

Thank goodness my horses do well barefoot! Regular trims keep them sound!

11/23/2010 3:57:59 PM

May pull rear shoes only

11/23/2010 3:42:04 PM

All 3 of our horses are barefoot year round and use boots on rocky trails.

11/23/2010 3:41:04 PM

Once I am done riding for the year the shoes come off but feet are kept trimmed

11/23/2010 3:34:46 PM

I also keep the paddocks and pastures as ice-free as possible

11/23/2010 3:30:58 PM

Depends on winter. Usually keep a couple shod

11/23/2010 3:30:13 PM

My navicular horse gets pads-other horse shoes pulled

11/23/2010 3:29:02 PM

instead of every 6wks we go to every 8-9 weeks then back to 6 when spring and summer come

11/23/2010 3:24:53 PM

ur Percherons have excellent feet and require no shoes

11/23/2010 3:24:11 PM

Wears hoof boots on front when I trail ride. Not much snow in SC. No shoes=healthy hooves

11/23/2010 3:20:16 PM

No need I live in Arizona!

11/23/2010 3:19:02 PM

I use the rim type pads for snow and have borium put on his shoes for traction - whether/not I ride.

11/23/2010 3:16:09 PM

All 5 horses are kept barefoot and ridden year round. The do much better WITHOUT shoes.

11/23/2010 3:13:36 PM

MUCH better traction barefoot on all surfaces!

11/23/2010 3:08:56 PM

Horses at home are barefoot. Otherwise raceplates shed snow pretty well.

11/23/2010 3:06:41 PM

Yes, my Arabian fox hunts so he goes barefoot in summer and is shod in early fall and all winter.

11/23/2010 3:02:20 PM

rim snow pads with reg shoes

11/23/2010 2:58:52 PM

Pull back shoes for winter

11/23/2010 2:58:04 PM

Front shoes only for the winter

11/23/2010 2:51:03 PM

barefoot is safer for both tendons/ligaments and footing

11/23/2010 2:46:41 PM

We have mustangs & minis. They do perfectly fine barefoot all the time.

11/23/2010 2:40:50 PM

borium & pads for winter

11/23/2010 2:40:42 PM

I have the back shoes pulled for the winter. Would do all 4 but she needs the fronts for support

11/23/2010 2:36:56 PM

The farrier puts on snowball pads and adds borium dots to the rear shoes.

11/23/2010 2:36:39 PM

Snow is not a problem in this part of Texas

11/23/2010 2:36:29 PM

on rare occasion, I may put on studded boots.

11/23/2010 2:23:26 PM

The rubber inserts reduce snow impaction, reduce stress/strain.

11/23/2010 2:14:20 PM

one bare; one safer w/"studded snow tires"

11/23/2010 1:53:07 PM

depends on horse and workload plans

11/23/2010 1:08:25 PM

awesome traction, no snowballing, even the thoroughbreds have no issues

11/23/2010 10:51:20 AM

We keeps shoes on the reiner all year, but the show horses get their's pulled.

11/23/2010 10:41:52 AM

Front shoes only in winter for my Clydesdales.

11/23/2010 10:28:45 AM

Trotter, races, gets shod every 3 to 4 weeks.

11/23/2010 10:27:56 AM

Appaloosa has wonderful strong feet - no shoes since 12 yrs. Always in blue ribbons

11/23/2010 2:36:50 AM