How to prevent a horse from slipping on ice

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If you are doing any type of riding outside during the winter, your horse’s ability to maintain traction on the snow and ice is critical for the safety of the horse and rider. There are multiple shoeing options available to your horse to help during the winter months, such as bubble pads, anti-snow rim pads, borium, and caulks.

Please talk to your farrier to determine what type of traction device your horse might need over the winter. In the event that your horse does slip on ice, monitor for lameness, heat, and swelling. Please call your veterinarian immediately if you see any of these abnormalities, especially if your horse is not bearing weight after a fall as this may indicate a fracture.