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post #1 of 13 Old 11-28-2012, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Snow Ball feet

so what do you guys do to keep the snow from balling up in your horse's hooves?

ours are all barefoot but the pony's hooves almost always have a ball of snow/ice when she comes in for grain
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 03:43 AM
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Spraying the bottom with no-stick cooking spray like PAM can help.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-30-2012, 06:51 PM
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Also make sure the ponys trim is current and her heels and wall are not left too long. .

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-30-2012, 07:24 PM
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Spraying the bottom with no-stick cooking spray like PAM can help.
I do this for my dogs feet in the snow.
It usually doesn't last too long though, so keep the bottle with ya.

(sometimes it doesn't last because my dog licks it off. lol.)
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-06-2012, 10:26 PM
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shortening or vaseline work okay - apply generously
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-09-2012, 09:31 PM
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cross country ski wax

However if I haven't been slacking I get no snowballing. The ice pops out in little patties when they are kept trimmed.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-09-2012, 09:45 PM
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I bought some Sav-A-Hoof protectant. It kills fungus/bacteria and has carnuba wax to repel mud/snow/ice. So far, so good.
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-09-2012, 09:50 PM
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Where we are, the snow is very wet and compacts like cement . no wax or shortening will work for long. If the horses are shod, it's a mess and we dont' put the snow pads on. it just doesn't snow enought to make a difference.

I wish I knew a good, cheap solution.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-09-2012, 10:04 PM
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We get very wet snow too. I've found I need to treat my mare's feet about once a week. Otherwise, when she comes into the barn, she's about 3 inches taller...
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-09-2012, 10:05 PM
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I wish I knew a good, cheap solution.
I know right?!?
The other day I tried the hoof boots in the snow.
Fail!
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