In last week’s poll, we asked our readers if their horses are shod during the winter months. Nearly 1,200 readers responded and we’ve tallied the results!
Of the 1,190 voters, 662 (56%) said their horses go barefoot year-round, while 200 individuals (17%) said they pull their horses’ shoes in the winter. Another 198 readers (17%) indicated that their horses stay shod as usual, and the remaining 130 readers (11%) said their farrier applies extra traction to shoes for snowy or icy conditions.
Additionally, 109 readers described their winter shoeing practices.
Many readers said their horses go barefoot all year long:
- “Our three horses never wear shoes.”
- “All seven of our horses are barefoot all year.”
- “Since I rarely ride my equines anymore and they live on good pasture, they go barefoot.”
- “Barefoot is best. It is natural for horses.”
- “Barefoot is