Your Guide to Equine Health Care

Poll Recap: Winter Shoeing Solutions

The majority of the respondents said their horses will go without shoes this winter.

No account yet? Register


You’ve purchased and fitted your horse’s new winter blanket. You made a small investment in the footing for your horse’s paddocks and your arena so you both can safely enjoy time outside the barn this winter. You and your horse are both ready to conquer the cold this year. But what about his shoes? Will he continue to wear them throughout the colder months?

In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers if they pull their horse’s shoes during the winter. More than 900 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 949 respondents, 574 (61%) said their horses are barefoot year-round and 175 individuals (18%) pull their horses’ shoes during the winter. The remaining 200 respondents (21%) said their horses stay shod as usual.  

Additionally, more than 140 people commented on their horse’s winter hoof care

Create a free account with to view this content. is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.


No account yet? Register

Written by:

Jennifer Whittle, Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

This poll is no longer accepting votes

Which hoof problem do you encounter most often in your horses?
342 votes · 342 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with!