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post #1 of 22 Old 03-02-2011, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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does snow in the hoof hurt them?

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I was at the barn yesterday and there was maybe 4 inches of snow there and I was picking out her hooves and she wasn't even standing on her hooves she was standing on like an inch of snow and ice that was jampacked into her feet and under her shoes!!! She could hardly even pick up her foot for me to pick it out I had to hold it there and it was so heavy!!
Would that hurt her? It would wouldn't it? this was my first winter around horses so I'm still curious about such things and stuff.

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-02-2011, 06:21 PM
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Hey guys!
I was at the barn yesterday and there was maybe 4 inches of snow there and I was picking out her hooves and she wasn't even standing on her hooves she was standing on like an inch of snow and ice that was jampacked into her feet and under her shoes!!! She could hardly even pick up her foot for me to pick it out I had to hold it there and it was so heavy!!
Would that hurt her? It would wouldn't it? this was my first winter around horses so I'm still curious about such things and stuff.
My horses don't have shoes and they will get snow balls like that, but they will pop out as they walk(i'll find them around the pasture lol) I have heard that when they have shoes you should use snow pads to keep the snow from building up, but some with shod horses should be able to tell you better
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My horses don't have shoes and they will get snow balls like that, but they will pop out as they walk(i'll find them around the pasture lol) I have heard that when they have shoes you should use snow pads to keep the snow from building up, but some with shod horses should be able to tell you better
Yeah I'm sure that Cheyenne's owner would've bought snow pads but she doesn't have the money right now as one of her horses is ill and her colt hasn't been doing too well as he may be going blind AND he got his leg stuck in the fence in November and won't be fully recovering either he never will or it'll take years. And then she took off his bandages for an hour or something to let it cool off a bit and he chewed on it setting her back months. lol that was totally off topic :p

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post #4 of 22 Old 03-02-2011, 07:14 PM
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My horses get those too, I doubt hurts them. It might make them a little slippery but not the actual snow hurting them, though you should still clean them out :)

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I keep snow pads on my shoed horse, the other two go barefoot and never seem to bother them, snow pads are like 5 bucks too!
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^^5 bucks? I should think about buying some for Cheyenne next year. the snow will be gone soon so there's not much point in any right now.

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Ya, just a piece of plastic with a "bump" that pops the snow/ice. It goes between the shoe and the hoof.
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I should ad that if it's super cold the plastic doesnt work as well, still check them daily in the snow just to be sure
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okay thanks!

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post #10 of 22 Old 03-02-2011, 08:14 PM
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Our horses get snow ball in their feet, but usually not a huge issue if ground isn't too hard. I don't ride them, however, if snowballing is an issue. Since it only snows two or three times a year, we just live with it.
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