Arena footing balling up in shoes - how to prevent?
Looking for suggestions... :)
My gelding has Halvorson Egg Bar shoes (which make a full circle around his hoof, rather than the normal "U"). They are great for him, but I'm having trouble with the arena footing. Whenever I ride and the arena has been recently groomed (so it's fluffy, a little moist, and feels nice - the footing is a combo of sand & dirt), the shoes fill up with packed footing making a big ball. After 1/2 the ride, I have to stop & pick out his feet. Otherwise, he starts going "lame" (solved instantly once the footing is out), since he is "teetering" on the ball and the shoe isn't really reaching the ground.
We added full pads to his shoes, which does help. However, the footing is still balling up and it makes him really uncomfortable. :( On days when the arena is drier & the footing is packed more, it's not an issue at all. The shoes still fill with footing, but they never ball-up like when the footing is fluffy/moist.
I've heard that spraying Pam or Crisco in shoes helps prevent SNOW from balling up in shoes - and some folks suggest wiping on Vaseline. I will probably try those options, but not sure the footing will fall off the same as snow would...
Any thoughts / suggestions / experiences with arena footing (vs snow)? Thanks, folks!