difficult hoof inspection-cleaning
My TB gelding (recently acquired, still assessing all parts, etc)
has odd feet. heart shaped corrective shoes, rubber "o" rings within the hoof walls (explained to me that it assists in snow/ice buildup )
What I'm getting at is, it is very difficult to truly see everything going on in there, as a hoof pick becomes as useful as a garden shovel given all the hardware to work around, or SEE around. Until I can get to the farrier to Inquire about it, I wonder if water may be slowly introduced to the feet, then to the turned up hoof, (we have warm hose water at the barn) and see if I might be able to wash out the extra caught up debris to asses and clean properly. I can work out the drying process. That should be the easy part of this...
My question is, if my horse accepts this idea, has anyone done this sort of procedure?
I have yet tried this idea before, so any thoughts? Thanks