Originally Posted by goodhrs
I'm not a fan of pads for two reasons. One they trap debri and trap moisture which softens the soles more. Plus to long in pads makes them pad dependent
Yes, if they are *fixed* pads, such as attached with shoes & left on, as with shoes for 6 weeks, they can indeed be problematic if there's any chance of infection. I don't believe they soften the sole any more, tho with no chance of wear and also risk of infection, dead, powdery sole material can build up. There are various products & types of pads & foam material that are designed to deter infection, such as Vettec CS for eg. Never heard the one of becoming 'pad dependent & that sounds fishy to me
. I would opt for boots, with pads if necessary, as preference for hoof protection generally.