Hoof pads for asphalt riding? Suggestions?
Due to the nature of where I live we have to do A LOT of riding on asphalt. Before anyone jumps all over this, just please understand I do my best to find soft surfaces to ride but arenas are non-existent here and there are only a few trails a couple miles away and the beach a few miles away so to get anywhere soft requires a lot of road riding. It took me years (riding other peoples horses here) to get used to this and it's still like nails on a chalkboard to me when we go any faster than a walk on the road.
My horse has great feet and although she's new to me I found a farrier who I think has done a wonderful job so far. He put her in shoes with clips on the back which I did hear can help with impact. My question was if anyone had experience with using pads in addition to shoes to help with the shock absorption. I started doing a little research and the 'Shock Tamer' pads look decent, but lots of people seem to recommend the leather pads as well (and they're much cheaper). All things equal I'd much prefer a rim pad, I don't really like the idea of covering the whole frog or sole with our damp weather.
I'm going to ask the farrier his thoughts the next time he's out here, but I know it's not common practice here and he'll probably think I'm crazy. ;)
Any feedback or experience with either of these products?