Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
When its too bad I keep them in and lunge them, just at the walk on the patch of drive in front of my barn where the snowplow clears it and we put pet safe snow melt on it. If I can't walk safely on the ground without snowtrax on my boots then the horses can't. Mine are all in separate paddock right now because its the only way they'll all eat their hay in peace. I took a risk a few days back thinking they'd be sensible on the ice but Jazzy tried to run across hers and when she reached the fence tried to stop and slid right under it - fortunately we use tape to divide the paddocks up and the electric wasn't working so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
If your horses stand in one spot you can use sand and ashes around there to help.
When we used to ride on icy ground we had our horses shod with snow pads and frost nails - they work but you then have to be careful that they don't strike themselves because the nails can cause some nasty injuries
Just winging it is not a plan