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post #31 of 36 Old 03-03-2014, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayella View Post
GG, we have on and off wet weather. I try to keep them out of the mud(moreso to not rip their paddock up) so rather than standing in water puddles and mud, they go out a day or so after the rain so it's a drier mud. This mud is great for shedding off excess sole as it really packs into their feet and isn't so wet and gooey. This is the same protocol I follow in the summer with stalling them after a big rain, so their frog condition isn't really due to a lot of rain or such.
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Gotcha.. I assumed that would be your answer, since you were (and are, lol) usually fairly thorough in your thoughts. :) No ideas from me to help then, sorry!
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Endiku, I've always picked stalled feet because they're more likely to stand in their excrement, which is full of bacteria. Whether it's wet from pee and then they pick up manure or stepped in a fresh pile, it's a something I've always done.
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If my mare has "clean dirt" packed in her feet, I leave it. I believe it does provide structural support. But, my mare will avoid stepping in poop, my filly looks for it and steps in it, I have to believe - since their area is kept pretty darn clean. So, I just clean her feet regardless b/c it most likely isn't all "clean dirt" in there.
When I have had my horses on pasture, their feet seemed to stay relatively "clean", unless it rained. So, I guess they were designed to pack dirt where dirt would pack. ;)

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post #34 of 36 Old 03-04-2014, 01:23 PM
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I picked out some mud the other day and thought it was just mud and found wet poo underneath packed into the frog. I don't know how that happened (dry mud around wet poo), but my point is, don't assume there isn't poo in there if you see dry mud.

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post #35 of 36 Old 03-09-2014, 06:45 PM
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Unless the horse is loving in filth (manure and urine filled pen) I say don't routinely clean them. Dirt and/or CLEAN bedding packed in actually helps support the structures inside the foot and helps with correct heel function. If you really feel the need to clean them do so before your ride and then let the feet fill with good arena or trail dirt then DON'T re clean them after the ride.
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post #36 of 36 Old 03-09-2014, 06:46 PM
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And the neat thing about mud ( if it is not urine filled mud) is that when you knock out that mud clod, usually deep down inside the foot it is pretty dry.
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