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post #1 of 7 Old 12-06-2011, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Snow pad question for farriers

I live in Scotland but I'm from the US. Over the last couple winters here, we have been getting quite a bit of snow. But for a decade or two earlier (so people tell me), winters here were pretty mild and not very snowy. All the farriers I have spoken to here haven't a clue about shoeing horses for snowy and icy winters, and they have never seen the various types of snow pads which are available in the States. I've found the last few winters quite frustrating because I can't ride my horse where I'd like or as much as I'd like, due to lack of traction and snowballs on her feet, all for want of snow pads. People here just assume snow = no riding, as they haven't a clue horses can be shod in such a way that makes riding in snow safe. Even the most experienced Scottish horsepeople look at me like I've grown another head when I explain that in the US we used these special pads on our horses that kept snowballs out and gave them a bit of extra grip.

The question I have for farriers is: if you have put normal pads on a horse, could you put those tubular rim pads on? Is it more or less the same deal? I'm thinking of buying some from the US and asking my farrier to put them on my horse, and if I say they are just like any pads, I hope he'd be willing to do it.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-12-2011, 12:43 PM
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if i was you, i would get the pads that have a "ball" in the middle. it is put on just like a regular full pad, so he won't get confused. But if you get rim pads, he'd probably put it on wrong because there is a certain way of doing it. just regular snow pads will do and tell him its te same as a regular pad, only the ball in the middle is to prevent snow from building up. hey, who knows, maybe you'll start a new trend!
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-12-2011, 05:29 PM
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Ask your farrier if he's ever put rim pads on before, that'll help you pick which ones to get. At least here in the states a set of pads is one of the most basic shoe modifications. I've used both kinds with good results, but prefer the rim type of snow pad.
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you might now even need snow pads, even if there is snow. it really depends on what type of snow. if it is the fluffy type they will probably be fine with out snow pads because it doesnt stick and pack as much as heavier snow.

this is all according to my farrier BTW !

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Thanks for the advice all. :)

The snow is heavy and wet. Definitely could use pads.

My farrier in Colorado used rim pads, on the grounds that they give a little bit of traction. My farrier in Massachusetts used the ones with the ball in the middle but also had borium on the shoes. Don't really want to go there with the borium.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-15-2011, 08:03 AM
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Maybe you could order some from here for your farrier to use. Meaders Supply in Rochester, New Hampshire has them and is more than familiar with heavy wet snow. They are also a delight to talk to. Won't steer you wrong.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-15-2011, 08:04 AM
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They have a snow pad sale going on now.
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