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    12-08-2009, 04:06 PM
  #1
Foal
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!
     
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    12-08-2009, 04:10 PM
  #2
Trained
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 !
     
    12-08-2009, 04:14 PM
  #3
Weanling
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!
     
    12-08-2009, 06:24 PM
  #4
Weanling
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 :)
     
    12-08-2009, 07:15 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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.
     
    12-08-2009, 07:33 PM
  #6
Started
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.
     
    12-08-2009, 07:45 PM
  #7
Green Broke
^^ 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...
     
    12-08-2009, 07:54 PM
  #8
Trained
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.
     
    12-08-2009, 08:40 PM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by My Beau    
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::
     
    12-08-2009, 08:43 PM
  #10
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by JavaLover    
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?
     

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