Originally Posted by Roxiandsplotch
I'm not working him on gravel roads, I'm simply walking him to the arena. I do try to avoid having to walk on it, but that's hard to do. I will ask the farrier about pads next time he is out. Thank you :)
You wrote; "I have to ride him 1km to the arena on a dirt road. But sometimes the village puts the rocks and dirt on the road and after riding him there and practicing then riding home, he is really sensitive on his feet."
If you're not doing that, only working him in an arena, you may be able to do without pads.