Originally Posted by NorthernMama
Snowballing can be an issue because it puts strain on their tendons and hugely increases the risk of falling.
Is your horse in a stall any, or is she out all the time? If she is in the stall half the time, as long as the balls are picked out when she comes in, it should not be enough to damage anything unless she spends a lot of time running around on them when she is out. If she's out 24/7, snow pads are worth the investment, but we've never had a problem without them on those that are on a turnout rotation, because we clean their feet out as soon as they come in, and they can rest without balancing on the snowballs.