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.