Originally Posted by GotaDunQH
I've seen horses slip and slide with ice balls in their shoes and it is scary; great way to get injured. It's certainly not something I take a chance on with my horse.
A horse can slip anytime on any footing.
We've had shoes on our horses 365 - snow or no snow - no pads - without any issues. I trail ride in the snow too.
It's a matter of personal and $ preference to add the pads. Nothing works to keep the snow from building. Some horses can build them quickly and some hardly at all. My suggestion is a rubber mallet to tap out the snow when it builds up.