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post #1 of 10 Old 11-20-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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using Pam cooking spray for snow?

So I have just moved into the snowy mountains of Oregon, and haven't had to deal with snow before. I vaguely remember hearing years ago that you can put pam cooking spray on the bottom of horses' feet to prevent snow from packing up in them and giving them platform shoes, lol.

My guy goes barefoot so he doesn't collect too much, but I am wondering if this works or is even worth it?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-20-2011, 01:01 PM
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Yes it works, very well. I use a hammer to carefully remove packed in snow, and them I spray the entire bottom of the hoof with generic non stick cooking spray. I've been doing this for years. You have to re-spray every day or every second day, according to conditions.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-20-2011, 01:33 PM
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I tried it and it didnt' work very well. The problem is that our snow, so called "Cascade Concrete" is so wet and compressed really hard into the shoe. People that have horses in snowy places often have "snow pads" put under the shoes. Or, if the snow is really dry, it tends not to compact so much.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-20-2011, 01:42 PM
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If he doesn't have shoes you shouldn't have much of a problem with platform shoes. My 3 horses are bare and the there were minimal amounts of snow that would build up. Mostly it just came out on its own. When there was snow in there it was very easy to pick out.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-20-2011, 05:50 PM
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Crisco works a little longer in wetter snow, but for the dry fluffy snow, Pam works great.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-21-2011, 08:10 AM
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I wonder how a carnuba car wax product might work actually I think Pam has that wax in it. A car product may have more of it in a more concentrated form.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-21-2011, 08:23 AM
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I'm glad to hear this about snow + barefoot. This will be my first winter with my horse, and we had a huge freak blizzard here three weeks ago (so our first snow). I was astonished at how much snow got packed into his feet. And later, when the snow melted out, how he developed these huge balls of frozen mud in his feet that gave him maybe an inch of extra clearance! And how difficult it was to get that stuff out of his hoof.

If it is true that barefoot hooves gather less packed snow I am really glad I went with the advice to have his shoes off for the season!
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Hooves give off a surprising amount of heat, which causes snow balls depending on the type of snow. One horse was limping badly and upon investigating there was a half melon sized ice ball under one hoof. Using a large screwdriver I worked in between the heel and the ice. It popped off and about two ounces of water poured out. I had no idea the sole area was that warm. Live and learn.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-21-2011, 08:40 AM
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I simply moved south.
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So I have just moved into the snowy mountains of Oregon, and haven't had to deal with snow before. I vaguely remember hearing years ago that you can put pam cooking spray on the bottom of horses' feet to prevent snow from packing up in them and giving them platform shoes, lol.

My guy goes barefoot so he doesn't collect too much, but I am wondering if this works or is even worth it?
We are in Minnesota. Many of our boarders have tried it and it hasn't worked for any of them.

We use a rubber mallet to tap out any ice balls. The only way to truly prevent them is to put pads and shoes on.
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