ice built up in hooves
Okay a little background which will sound like a weather report.....In the last few days we had cold, then freezing rain which turned to rain and melted the snow and turned everything wet, then the puddles, for the most part, frooze, as it has turned cold again but they are not completly frozen.
The horses went out this morning and I guess have been breaking through some spots and have huge ice balls hanging off the fuzz on their feet...that I assume will melt off tonight as the barn (unheated) warms up with their heat. I did get rid of some of the ice balls but the thing that scares me a bit is that their hooves are JAM packed with ice and they are slipping on the mats in their stalls even with a thick bed of of shavings.
I tried to pick their hooves but I cannot budge the ice...any suggestions or is the best thing to do is wait and hopefully the heat will melt that out of their hooves overnight?