The farrier was out last week, and Tristan has his winter snow shoes on.
Two main changes to the shoes: first, the studs you can see at the heel, and second, the anti-ice rubber thingy. The idea is that the studs will help him grip on ice, and the rubber thingy will help prevent those awful ice snowballs from building up in his hooves.
I know people go back and forth on whether to do studs &/or borium for the winter. I can see both sides, but ultimately, I trust our farrier. I also tend to feel that non-studded shoes are the most slippery thing a horse can possibly wear – far worse than barefoot, booted, or studded shoes. If Tristan (still, sigh) can’t go barefoot in the front, then I’d rather he have the studs in.
Does the rubber thing work? Yeah, it helps. It’s not 100%. Sometimes snow still gets packed in, but it seems to do so much less often, and it’s easier to dig out when it does.
4 thoughts on “Winter Shoeing 2015”
Those snow shoes are intense!
Judy is getting her snow shoes on this week, and we're leaning towards borium. It's just a safer option since she can't go nekkid.
You guys are hardcore!! I love the idea of the rubber snow pack-blocker.
very cool! i think i saw similar type shoes on fran jurga's blog in a post about a polo game played in the snow??? can't exactly remember – but whatever the case hope those rubber things work out! i'm hoping to get snow pads on izzy's feet this week…