Shoeing Horses for Winter Conditions
- February 2, 2016
- Lynn Kohr
Snow balling up in horses’ feet is a treacherous and common situation in snowy winter conditions. Even barefoot horses have serious snow balling in their feet, often turning to hard ice balls. But what does one use when there is a need for shoeing horses?
Forever barefoot was the way to go in these wintery conditions. Castle Plastic Popper Snow pads are now options for horses that need to be shod.
These pads have a round ball that actually pops the snow out in their feet as the horse moves around, never letting it accumulate in their feet. Popper Snow Pads are miracles and work well for horses out in pastures and for ones being ridden outside in winter conditions. However, these full snow pads are dangerous to have on horses that are ridden inside and have to work in dry ground such as arenas. Full snow pads are virtually impossible to have on horses in indoor competition.
Castle Plastic NB rim snow pads are a great answer for horses that are out in snow and yet also are in working in dry ground. Rim snow pads are basically cut out snow pads with a special rim that pops the snow out. In an arena they allow the hoof to fill up with dirt giving an arena horse traction.
Shoeing horses for winter conditions has been made safe and doable, outside and inside by using Popper Snow Pads.
About Lynn Kohr
I am a barrel and pole horse trainer, giving springtime barrel racing and pole bending clinics and workshops, competing in barrel racing and pole bending futurities while marketing our horses for sale. I am a Mom of 3: Sage, Cedar, and Stratton. And wife of...