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.  

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

Several people commented that their horses wear shoes in the winter:

  • “I use shoes with studs and rubber sole. It works perfect in winter in Norway.”
  • “The show horses keep their shoes and everyone else goes barefoot.”
  • “I keep shoes on the ones I ride.”
  • “There’s no need to pull his shoes since our San Diego winters are mild.”
  • “In the icy north, his snow pads prevent snow ‘balling’ and provide extra traction.”
  • “Snow