Originally Posted by ScharmLily
Also, barefoot horses will build up ice rims on their feet which actually gives them better grip on the ice than a shod horse. There are some horses at the barn where I work that have normal shoes on right now and I am always afraid that they are going to cripple themselves someday in the paddock or coming in to the barn where it is all ice. .
No horse should be shod with plain steel shoes in the winter. All shod horses require either borim, drill tec or studs along with rim pads or full pads. A properly shod horse can run over anything.
I live in snow country and for 4 months we have snow and ice, lots of ice. Some of the best riding is running over groomed snowmobile trails. They are covered in ice because they are packed and have lots of ice, glare at times and properly shod you can maintain a sharp trot or laid back lope over slick ice with NO problems. So far I have never had a horse go down on ice.
Just putting the barefoot horses out mornings is a chore and risky from the way they try to keep their footing. Our stud went down hard last year while being led into the barn while I have never seen one of the shod horses fall, never.
As for the added traction of borium or studs harming a tendon better get yourself a tougher horse.