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post #21 of 30 Old 05-10-2013, 10:20 AM
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I pick my horses hooves before and after every ride. He has very sensitive hooves so rocks really bother him. I just the outer wall before I got to a show, it just helps the polish stick better if the hoof is clean.
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post #22 of 30 Old 05-10-2013, 10:40 AM
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Actually where I ride we hardly ever clean out their hooves unless it gets really bad or starts to smell funny or some other obvious reason. Keeping the dirt and sand packed in helps protect the bottom of the hooves and helps with shock absorption.

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post #23 of 30 Old 05-10-2013, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by LouieThePalomino View Post
Keeping the dirt and sand packed in helps protect the bottom of the hooves and helps with shock absorption.
Because it helps distribute the weight, as nature intended, so the hooves can function better, rather than being peripherally loaded & therefore shock absorbing capacity, along with everything else is not able to function effectively.
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post #24 of 30 Old 05-11-2013, 12:00 AM
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I would say just pick them out dailey.

One day I was picking out my mare's hooves and she was being picky about picking up her back feet like she always is. I was going to just give up for the day, good thing I didn't because I found a nail in her foot. It wasn't in her foot yet but it was close to it. I'm not good with hoof terms but it was in the indented part of their hoof and it was stuck in there with mud.

My horses were in a wet pasture for about 2 weeks, in mud. We have never had an issue and they find their high spots.
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post #25 of 30 Old 05-11-2013, 12:20 AM
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I know how it is, and I'm fussy with feet too. If you are like I am and just can't stand the caked on mud, I use a mud towel to wipe the worst of it off, go riding, then hit them again with my soft brush when I'm brushing her down after the ride. That way you're not soaking the hoof, but they look a little neater.
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post #26 of 30 Old 05-11-2013, 12:36 AM
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Y'all gotta have kids! Lol My daughter love picking hooves.

She's the perfect height. And likes to.
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post #27 of 30 Old 05-11-2013, 12:54 AM
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I used to pick my horses feet everyday, and then my friend said I was babying them, lol.. So I slacked up a little. I still clean then before and after a ride and before trimming.

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post #28 of 30 Old 05-11-2013, 01:24 AM
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Well I tryed picking out feet before riding yesterday and my horse was ouchie going over gravel. Left hoofs packed with mud and sand today was way more comfortable.

So the heck with picking out hoofs before riding.
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post #29 of 30 Old 05-12-2013, 05:05 PM
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I pick out our horse's hooves out every day and when we ride I pick it out before and after we ride becuase sometimes they get rocks in their hooves. But I don't wash their hooves becuase I don't want their hooves to become too soft.

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post #30 of 30 Old 05-12-2013, 06:18 PM
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The way I see it, if you have a hoof problem related to picking them out, you arent doing it enough. If not...your probably doing it just right ;) Its not about some subjective time frame. Its all about the results of how often you do or dont do it.

All in all, its subjective. If the hoof is really poopy or thrushy, I will pick it out well and scrub with dawn dish soap water in a spray bottle. Nop need to soak the foot, jus tscrub and spray again with the soap to rinse. Its more important to kill the thrush and germs.

If the hoof is dry and hard with no thrush and th ehorse lives in an area where he isnt standing in his own poo alot, you probably could never pick it out and be ok jus tletting the farrier trim every 4 to 6 weeks.

It depends.

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