Could extra traction for a snow set cause a horse to toss his shoes? For context, I had pony barefoot for 3 or 4 years but then had shoes put on him this year as he was footsore and I felt like he could use the support behind. We are getting back into work while fighting saddle fit and my work schedule, so I wanted him comfortable in his feet. I changed farriers when we moved barns in the fall, and he had always held a shoe (he has hard, tough walls, rarely chips or cracks unless he’s way overdue). However, I just got a snow set put on him this last visit (two weeks ago) and he almost immediately tossed a hind. Got that reset, he tossed it again two days ago, and now threw the other today. Both fronts are fine, but he wears bell boots up front.
Could the snow set alone cause him to toss shoes? Farrier didn’t put rim pads on the hinds, just traction. Should I have him wear bells on all four? Seems silly. He’s not losing the shoe by taking wall off with it, the nails are staying in his foot, but the shoe and the nail heads are getting ripped clean off. He does have some new pasture buddies due to the horses going on winter drylots, so maybe the other horses are stepping his hinds off as they play? I’m just baffled.
Attached a link with pictures from today, showing the nails still in his feet and the trim. Took some of his fronts and a whole body in case this is just because of the way he is built?
I can’t keep tacking shoes back on - he won’t have any foot left to nail to!