This time of year it is wise to stay warm and safe when riding your horse. In addition, you want to ensure your horse has shoes that are going to give them protection from the elements of weather.
One thing that you absolutely want to make sure of is traction to prevent accidental falls in addition to winter horseshoes.
There are several options:
1) HorseshoeBorium® of screen size 8 to 10. This has the texture of coarse sand, has a mild steel matrix and is put on with an oxy-acetylene torch. It will cost several dollars per shoe. It can be put on as raised spots (best for snow and ice) or spread over the shoe (best for slick pavement).
2) Drill Tech Borium® of screen size 4 to 6. This has the texture of small gravel, has a bronze matrix and is put on in the forge on the shoe’s toe and heels. It is also expensive. It is preferred on draft horses.
3) Drive-in or screw in studs. Less expensive than Borium®. Screw-in gives the option of changing height and traction.
4) Weld toe and heel pieces made from square stock on the shoe. These can be made sharp – called “sharp shoeing.”
5) Weld 3/8th inch nuts on the shoe across the web. These are popular on working cow horses here in Nebraska and cost considerably less to install than Borium®.
For additional Winter Care tips you can download my tip sheet that has several more resources for keeping your horse safe and happy this season. Simply fill out the form below and we will send it to you by email.
If you have any additional tips please feel free to post a comment below and share them with me or go over to our facebook page and post them there.
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Crawford, NE 69339
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