Hooves in winter - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 10
• Horses: 0
Hooves in winter

I am fairly new to horse ownership. In fact this is my first winter owning a horse. Right now where we live (Alberta, Canada) we have tons of snow! My horse Qwiggly has tons of snow packed in his hooves. There is so much snow that his hooves do not fully touch the ground..it is more so the snow! I tried picking out the snow but it is so solid that I could not get it out! Any suggestions?

Thanks!
MyBoyQwiggly is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 05:10 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
stand them in a stall or out of the snow for awhile & hope it melts =]

you can also get your farrier to put snow pads on his feet if he has shoes, those will help a lot !

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 05:14 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 503
• Horses: 1
Same thing happened to me the other day. This will be my first winter owning a horse too! The snow in my horse's hooves turned to ice, though. I had to put him on the cross ties and jab at the ice with a hoof pick!
JavaLover is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 07:24 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 375
• Horses: 1
this is my second winter owning my girl, and when that happens i just take warm water and pour a little on and usally it comes right off :)

____________________________________________
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mygirlmya/
~9/3/08<3
JustLeaveIt2Mya is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 08:15 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
Posts: 3,100
• Horses: 1
Id use warm water, you can place his hovoes in a bucket of warm water(one at a time) and every few seconds or so when the water cools take it out and try to pull the ice chunk out, then if it does not come out just add more warm water and try again in a few seconds.

Or, If he will tolerate it
try a hair dryer...

You want to get the ice out as soon as possible though or he could trip and hurt himself not to mention how uncomfortable it mush be to have that stuck in there.
Good luck, let us know how it goes.

Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Honeysuga is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 08:33 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
Posts: 1,903
• Horses: 3
After you get it out, spray some PAM on the bottom of his hooves. It helps keep the snow from sticking and ice packs from forming.

-Melanie
Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina
My Beau is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 08:45 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
Posts: 3,100
• Horses: 1
^^ yup yup forgot to add that, or you can also smear a good layer of vegetable shortening, it is messy but lasts a little longer than pam, either way you will have to reapply every few hours if you leave him turned out.

Maybe you could shovel the snow from an area of his paddock that way he has a place to stand that is snow free...

Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Honeysuga is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 5,455
• Horses: 1
I would have his shoes pulled if theres that much snow. You can still ride him and without the shoes you don't generally have to worry about the snow balling up. I think it's also good for them to go barefoot for a while.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
kevinshorses is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 09:40 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Posts: 6,634
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by My Beau View Post
After you get it out, spray some PAM on the bottom of his hooves. It helps keep the snow from sticking and ice packs from forming.
PAM? Really!? Amazing. ::stares in awe at computer screen::

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
riccil0ve is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 12-08-2009, 09:43 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Posts: 6,634
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by JavaLover View Post
Same thing happened to me the other day. This will be my first winter owning a horse too! The snow in my horse's hooves turned to ice, though. I had to put him on the cross ties and jab at the ice with a hoof pick!
Sorry to double post. This is what I did last winter. I didn't have a chance to get my farrier out before we got our snow in, and there's no way my farrier's vehicle could have made it into the barn's driveway, lol. So my poor horse was stuck with shoes while it snowed, and I would sit there and poke and pry at the ice every night before stalling her, it was exhausting and took about 5 minutes a hoof.

And not to hijack, but I have a quick question, how common is it for barefoot horses to get snowballs in their hooves? I didn't want what happened last year to happen this year so I pulled her shoes like, a month ago, lol. Will I not have to worry about snowballs now that she's barefoot?

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
riccil0ve is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bad hooves..... cherriebark Horse Health 14 03-04-2009 10:37 PM
hooves ? InBox Horse Health 13 03-03-2009 11:05 PM
How Do His Hooves Look? Britt Horse Health 15 03-01-2009 05:41 AM
hooves!!! chasin the dream Horse Training 12 06-26-2008 12:42 PM
hooves ilovemydun Horse Health 2 03-19-2008 11:56 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome