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  • Horses feet balling
  • How to stop snow balling up in horses hooves

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    11-28-2012, 08:55 PM
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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    11-29-2012, 02:43 AM
Spraying the bottom with no-stick cooking spray like PAM can help.
    11-30-2012, 05:51 PM
Also make sure the ponys trim is current and her heels and wall are not left too long. .
    11-30-2012, 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by gottatrot    
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.)
    12-06-2012, 09:26 PM
Shortening or vaseline work okay - apply generously
    12-09-2012, 08:31 PM
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.
    12-09-2012, 08:45 PM
I bought some Sav-A-Hoof protectant. It kills fungus/bacteria and has carnuba wax to repel mud/snow/ice. So far, so good.
    12-09-2012, 08:50 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.
    12-09-2012, 09:04 PM
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...
    12-09-2012, 09:05 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    

I wish I knew a good, cheap solution.
I know right?!?
The other day I tried the hoof boots in the snow.

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