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post #1 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Your opinion on snow pads ( more specifically rims)

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?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-15-2012, 02:54 PM
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I don't have any horses now that need shoes but when I did I liked the bubble pads better than the rim pads. The farrier put some sort of 'hairy' looking stuff (can't remember what it's called) in there which kept the foot dry or at least there was never any thrush or stuff like that.
A few spots of borium kept them from becoming ice skates.
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I like the bubble or popper pads very much. No snow can ever accumulate with those. The rim pads, I absolutely hate. Way too hard to clean out the foot. Haven't had any snow this year, so I have no clue of if they work.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I don't have any horses now that need shoes but when I did I liked the bubble pads better than the rim pads. The farrier put some sort of 'hairy' looking stuff (can't remember what it's called) in there which kept the foot dry or at least there was never any thrush or stuff like that.
A few spots of borium kept them from becoming ice skates.

It's called Oakum. Common, inexpensive, hoof packing. Used for hundreds (thousands?) of years as caulking to seal wooden ships.

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I use rim pads and borium in the winter. Last year we had 3-4 feet of snow and my horse had traction and didn't ball all winter.
It might depend on the farrier but mine uses rim pads and they work very well for my horse :)
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It's called Oakum. Common, inexpensive, hoof packing. Used for hundreds (thousands?) of years as caulking to seal wooden ships.

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Thanks, interesting.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-18-2012, 12:34 PM
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I am not too thrilled with the Rim Pads. My TB has the Rim Pads, and the snow still bunches up in his feet while we are out hacking on the trails/fields in the winter.

Personally, I prefer the full pads, that cover the whole foot. My Previous Farrier used those, and I never had issues, like I am now.

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