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    01-28-2009, 10:57 AM
Question Help with ice in hoof

So its been so cold and snowy here and I am having the hardest time getting the ice balls out of my horses front hoofs. I fell in the driveway and bruised my tailbone so my strength is not up to par but I need some tricks for getting these big ice hoofs clean. ALSO, the horse in the avatar is new only been with us for about 3 weeks and he is very resistant to pick up his back hoofs...... but he will. When he does should I give him a treat. Never had a problem with my other guys picking up I am new to this problem.
Trying to stay warm
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    01-28-2009, 11:16 AM
Green Broke
My horse's are barefoot but in the past with other shod horse's I would use PAM cooking spray or lay some vaseline on the sole. Worked great.
    01-28-2009, 11:23 AM
I use Vaseline on my horses hooves. It helps keep them from building up and what does build up is easy to get out then with a pick.
As for the other horse..I don't like to use treats always as a reward because it can make them nippy. Not always..but it can.. So, if it were me as soon as he picked it up I'd release it gently and praise him a lot to let him know that that was the right thing to do. Itch him in his favorite spot and tell him good boy!
    01-28-2009, 11:24 AM
Good advise, I'm going to try the Pam
As far as treats, I would for sure give lots of pets and "good boys" for picking up the rears. I don't give cookies for picking up feet just love
    01-28-2009, 11:35 AM
Vaseline really works- it's a charm! I've never tried the PAM though...hmm, that sounds like a good idea. When I go out to the barn today (later, since it's still bad weather, she's probably still in the barn) I will check Daytona's feet!
    01-28-2009, 11:46 AM
I've had better results with Vaseline than I have with Pam. With Vaseline, it lasts at least 2 days before the snow starts building up again, with Pam, I had to do it AT LEAST twice a day everyday for it to become effective. Maybe it's different in our region where it rarely gets above zero during the winter and average around 5 feet of snow haha
    01-28-2009, 11:46 AM
I wonder if it would work on hard pack limestone. We have lots of limestone here (the stuff that's in concrete) sometimes they get a hard enough pack it will bend and break a hoof pick.
    01-28-2009, 02:28 PM
Thanks guys I am going to try the Pam today. Thanks for the advice on lakota big ol thug doesn't like to pick up the back feet. Silly boy

    01-28-2009, 05:56 PM
Pam is easy to use but it doesn't work for long. I like to use crisco.
    01-28-2009, 07:06 PM
Crisco? Hmm, that may work, maybe I'll give that a try if I have this does have the same kind of consistency as PAM or Vaseline, greasy stuff. :)

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