My farrier is coming on Tuesday and I have always put snow pads on my horses front shoes, he still tends to get snow balls in his feet, but they eventually melt off and everything is fine. I typically get rim snow pads that go around the rim of the shoe. I don't want to get pads because my horse doesn't regularly get pads and I don't want moisture to get under the pads, and overall I just don't want to put pads on my horses shoes.
I live in Upstate, NY so we get a good amount of snow. He goes outside for about 8 hours a day and comes back inside in a stall during the night.
What do you all thing about snow pads? Do you put snow pads on your horses shoes? Why or why not? Do you think they are beneficial?