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    12-15-2010, 11:04 AM
MLS, can you explain how you use a rubber mallet? I am interested in a different technique. The hoof pick thing is tedious.
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    12-15-2010, 11:10 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
MLS, can you explain how you use a rubber mallet? I am interested in a different technique. The hoof pick thing is tedious.

Sure - We tap - or pound the ice balls out. Typically if you tap at an angle, it will dislodge the major portion of the ball.

Pick up the hoof as if you are going to clean it normally, tap the snow ball out and then use a hoof pick brush to remove any remaining snow.
    12-15-2010, 11:11 AM
So you tap at the heel area?
    12-15-2010, 11:46 AM
When I live in montreal, all we used was pam, prayed it on there hoofs befor turning them out or trail ridding.......
    12-15-2010, 01:00 PM
Originally Posted by Carleen    
Is there any way you could bring a bucket of warm water to the barn and soak their feet in it to melt the ice? I personally wouldn't want to leave them like that all through the night. And as mbender said, spray Pam on their hooves once they are dry and before you turn them out again and it should prevent this issue.
i agree! Hot/warm bucket of water will help. Hope there ok.
    12-15-2010, 05:13 PM
I know its totally different amounts of snow in America but I've used with success here whacking a load of vaseline in their feet. They mostly come in without any, and if they do, they fall out super quick. Xxxx
    12-15-2010, 05:32 PM
I just pull their shoes or put snow pads. Just had the farrier out today in fact. The boys got pads and gypsy got her shoes pulled bc I'm not made of money and she has the best feet.

I also put vaseline on their barefeet if they are prone to getting ice balls.

I live in wi btw
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    12-15-2010, 05:50 PM
I don't know how true this is but I was always told to remove iceballs and don't let them stand round as it was the equivalent to wearing highheels for horses and prolonged standing at the angle can damage suspensory ligaments and tendons.

Do not qoute me on that however as im not sure
    12-15-2010, 09:27 PM
I use the back end of a hammer. It works really well to get the snow/ice out of my 24/7 outdoor horses. Since I live in canada, I get LOTS of snow and my horses love being outside, and only go in their shelter if the weather is really, really bad. I tried many differnt strategies, but this one I found worked the best! Good luck!
    12-15-2010, 11:27 PM
If you have shoes, do you not use snow pads? They are a rubber thingie that is attached in between the hoof and the shoe, it has a ball like thingie in the middle. They are fantastic and just a few extra $$ from the farrier.

As I had a few too many thingies in my description, here they are.

Scroll down the link, there are photos.

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