Snow Shoes

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

Pull his shoes for the winter
Put on special shoes or pads to ride in the snow
My horse keeps his shoes on year-round
My horse is always barefoot
Other (please specify)

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


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