Thanks for all the responses. I figured I would update just in case someone else comes searching for answers and the answer is.....rim pads!!! As I mentioned, I have applied snow pads to a horse over 10 years ago and honestly thought that was the only option - the full pad. I called my farrier after one week of fighting ice balls, I tried vaseline and venice terpentine neither worked. Pam actually didnt work too bad but who knows what a few months of it might do to a horses foot. So the farrier came over with 2 options, a full pad or a rim pad i had no idea there was an open pad for snow. He came 2 days after I called him. We opted for the rim pad as we have a concern about my horses very thin soles (xray confirmed) and sensitive soles. We didnt want to have to use any packing as we wanted the soles to be exposed to stay as hard as possible. I did research the rim pad and seems as with many things, 50% of the horse people love them and 50% hate them. They are working out really well for my horse. I have seen them build up a few times but I have also watched the snow pop right out as he walked in the barn. But other than those few times they are working correctly. So success!!! For those who said kick the farrier out of the barn, well there are a few things I would kick a farrier out of my barn for but certainly not for "trying" to help my horse. Please understand I am looking to this farrier for more knowledge than I have and between the two of us, we are working together to try to make my horse comfortable. I as the horse owner agreed to what he was doing. The horse has had issues for a few years. It started with arthritis in his hocks which caused unbelievable imbalances in his hind feet so I managed to keep up on his hinds and also consulted with a few farriers and vets throughout those painful years. Now the horse has developed some crazy way to walk and is crushing his heels and driving them forward on the fronts. He has been painfree (I think because he sure cant tell me) from the arthritis for about 6 months. Im not pro barefoot or pro shod, Im pro horse. My horses have been bare for about 6 or 7 years now and I love having them bare and I love being able to maintain them myself. But when I see that my horse is uncomfortable i will do what ever it takes to make him comfortable. I will continue to work with this farrier and hopefully he can get his fronts back to where they should be. In my opinion the best farrier is one that will discuss things with the owner and listen to what the owner has to say and work together to make a plan. We both made an error when not opting for snow pads but I had no idea there was a rim pad option. I dont much care for some of the old time farriers that if you say a word they jump down your throat about "dont tell me how to do my job". I like the farrier Im using, he is young, he has some experience, he has some knowledge and he is extremely tollerant of my horse fidgeting every now and again. Both my horse and I like him and he is willing to work with us I couldnt ask for anything more.