That is the question… that was asked by Åse, during our webinar with the pet insurance company Agria’s veterinarian, Karl-Henrik Heimdahl. To be more specific the question was Should I unscrew the stud when riding on arena fibre, with the winter still hovering over us here in Sweden, the question overall is more than relevant.
Ice nails and studs on arena fibre?
Karl-Henrik don´t consider the stud to be an issue when riding on grounds with fibre, due to the fact that the surface it is so soft that it will allow the stud or nail to sink through. Therefore, it won’t affect the movement as much, as nails and studs do on a firmer ground, such as asphalt for example. It is good to keep in mind is that fibre surfaces automatically slow down the horse’s movement, whether you have nails or not. The main thing you want to avoid is too much impact on the hoofs angle and stride.
If you ride to the arena, do your training session in a paddock grounded with fibre on a well-balanced horse and need to have winter prepped hooves on the way there, unscrewing the stud is not necessary, it feels like to much fuss, says Karl-Henrik.