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    03-02-2011, 09:39 PM
Snowballing can be an issue because it puts strain on their tendons and hugely increases the risk of falling.
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    03-02-2011, 09:40 PM
When I bring them in for the night, I'll pick each of their hooves to get the snow out, since Molly especially gets bad clumps. It does seem to make her uncomfortable, as it usually extends below the shoes so she's standing on ice with nothing contacting her shoes, but once I pick it out she's fine. It doesn't seem to bother anyone else.
    03-02-2011, 09:45 PM
Green Broke
K, thanks! I also heard that PAM cooking spray helps. Anyone wanna second that?
    03-02-2011, 09:46 PM
I've heard vaseline works.
    03-02-2011, 10:03 PM
Those work for a short period of time
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    03-03-2011, 12:23 AM
On a shod horse the snow has a tendency to freeze to the metal shoe making it more apt to stay stuck. Also a barefoot hoof expands & contracts which helps to loosen the snow ball vs a shod hoof.
    03-03-2011, 07:15 PM
Green Broke
Shod means like it has shoes right? Cheyenne has shoes on her front feet but her back feet are bare.
    03-03-2011, 07:29 PM
Ya that's how my horse is set up
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    03-03-2011, 08:36 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Snowballing can be an issue because it puts strain on their tendons and hugely increases the risk of falling.

Is your horse in a stall any, or is she out all the time? If she is in the stall half the time, as long as the balls are picked out when she comes in, it should not be enough to damage anything unless she spends a lot of time running around on them when she is out. If she's out 24/7, snow pads are worth the investment, but we've never had a problem without them on those that are on a turnout rotation, because we clean their feet out as soon as they come in, and they can rest without balancing on the snowballs.
    03-03-2011, 09:11 PM
Agreed with northernmama, the snow itself does no harm, but the snowballs could cause them to misstep or to pull a tendon/ligament. If the horse is shod those rubber pads help so that you can still pick the feet out, if not shod, just pick them out with a hoofpick, but might take some elbow grease!

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