I got my mini horse in October. Now we have snow and when I went to clean her hooves today there was ice built up in the front hooves, my pick could not budge it. What do you folks use to remove ice that is packed in?
Welcome to the forum, Ruth! I don't know if it's any different with minis, but if I can't pick the ice out of my horse's hooves, the ice comes off naturally with their movement leaving behind icy 'disks' of some sort. I toss them out of the shed (run-in) in the mornings, and play a fun little game called, 'frisbees'! :) p.s. If your mini is in pain or having problems losing the packed ice, definitely call your vet or farrier for advice, however!
I bring my horse into the barn and put him in his stall for a while to soften up the ice in his feet. Usually after 15 minutes the ice has softened up enough to be able to remove it with the hoof pick.