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post #11 of 22 Old 12-27-2010, 11:32 AM
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Folks, what are snow pads? Any pics?
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post #12 of 22 Old 12-27-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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thats the thing though. with her shoes on we tried to continue walking on hoping it would fall out or knock it'self out but all that happens is her foot rolls forward and she trips to knock it out. or it gets stuck in and she's standing on 2 inches of ice and snow between her hoof and the ground. sorry didn't realize there was already a topic on it! next time i'll search first. i was more worried about the tripping as the ice would build up in a round shape and i was worried she's hurt herself tripping the way she was.


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Folks, what are snow pads? Any pics?
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Snow Pads - Plastic - Stockhoff's Horseshoes and Supplies
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Thank you always.

My gelding is shod year round as we compete all year. We go for trail rides in the snow. I don't get 'we stop every few steps to clear ice'. Do you stop to clean mud? Check for rocks?

The snow builds when they move and then stand and move and stand. Keep walking and you will be fine.
I would guess it a temperature dependent problem. Mud does not build up to be a huge extension under the hoof the way snow does.

My pony came home with four shoes on. Every evening I would pop out the ice balls. They extended 4" past the bottom of her feet at times. Just begging to pull something if you ask me.


Kitten, there are two basic types.

This one has a tube area that runs just inside the shoe. You still have access to the frog and sole. The tube is flexible and it pops the snow out as the horse walks.




This type has a dome section in the middle of a full pad. It flexes and moves too, popping the snow out.



ETA - MLS posted a link with better photos than I posted.
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so how exactly do these snow pads work? put on during a shoeing? or do they just pop on and off?


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Snow pads go on like any other pad. They go between the shoe and the hoof. If you look at the bottom photo I posted above, that is what it would look like if you looked at the bottom of your horse's hoof.
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ok! thank you Always! i'll let my mom know and she can decide which she'd rather do for her horse. this is why i prefer no shoes myself though.


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ok! thank you Always! i'll let my mom know and she can decide which she'd rather do for her horse. this is why i prefer no shoes myself though.
Depending on the horse and the shape of the hoof - barefoot may not be any better. One of our boarders horses comes in every night with snow balls. We have five horses with shoes on - only a couple of those horses have consistent snow accumulation in their hooves.
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oh that i know all to well. my mom's horse has terrible front feet. so she has to consistantly have front shoes on or they chip up badly. my horse on the othre hand has sturdy feet all around. but thats probably the mustang in her.


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oh that i know all to well. my mom's horse has terrible front feet. so she has to consistantly have front shoes on or they chip up badly. my horse on the othre hand has sturdy feet all around. but thats probably the mustang in her.
I'm sorry - you misunderstood. The quality of the hoof does not have anything to do with the snow accumulation. It's the shape and I feel the way the horse moves. Horses 'heavy' on the front end tend to have more build up. IMHO.
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