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post #1 of 4 Old 01-15-2013, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Front shoes without snow pads in winter, is that okay?

Hi, my TB gelding got front shoes put on last week (instructor suggested as we are going to start jumping). It was a daytime appointment so I was not there, and only front shoes were put on. My gelding has had shoes in the past (but not under my ownership), and I have never owned a shod horse before (completely new). My gelding is outside 24/7 pasture board and we ride in an indoor rubber crumb arena. I saw him last night and he had snow packed in his front hooves (one was worse than the other). I've now read online that a lot of people put on snow pads to prevent this build up, but being new to shoes I didn't even think of it.

Is it okay to have no snow pads? I remember growing up with my other horse (not shod) that the ice buildup would melt and "fall out" of the hoof. The farrier I used is very experienced and the barn manager was holding my gelding during the appointment (both very experienced and caring horse people) so I sort of assume that if shoes without snow pads is a huge no-no then they would have done/said something different. Like I said, I don't know though since I'm brand new to shoes. To make matters worse, I'm leaving on a 3 week vacation in 3 days so need to know if its safe to leave him in the pasture with just front shoes.

Please let me know if shoes without pads is okay in pasture (if any of you do that), or what my options are. I don't really know how pads work (if a farrier needs to put them on or not).

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-15-2013, 04:26 PM
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i dont !

my mare has front shoes as well and does fine with out snow pads, i live in wisconsin btw. my farrier only said to get them if im going to ride her outside a lot in the snow. which i dont do much of as the footing in generally not safe out in the areas we can ride outside.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-15-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Gypsygirl, thanks so much for your response! I was really worried, especially with my limited time frame. I won't be riding outdoors at all, only in the indoor arena so hopefully he will be fine then.

More opinions/responses are welcome! :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-15-2013, 04:42 PM
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The hoof generates a lot of heat which contributes to the snow buildup. Shoes seem to exacerbate this problem because it traps only a small amount of snow which continues to build up and sometimes forms ice. Pads help as long as bacteria can't get between the pad and the sole.
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