my mare is back in regular steel shoes for the first time in a looong time. farrier says my two options for the winter are regular pads or pour in pads with the latter being significantly more costly.
i'm leaning towards the pour in pads for a couple of reasons (one being that she just simply does better on rocky or uneven terrain when her soles are protected and the other being that i think the pour in pads reduce the risk of some funky stuff growing in the hoof) and just wanted to hear from folks who use them how they work in the event of snow conditions. and i guess relatedly, what has your experience with them been? is it worth the extra cost? am i being unnecessarily concerned over thrush developing under regular pads?