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 hoofs....so I am new to this problem.
Trying to stay warm
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!
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!
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