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    12-16-2010, 01:02 PM
  #21
Foal
They do not have shoes but I will remember about the snow pads in the future.

The heat from the barn melted everything by morning but I will not leave them like that overnight again.

I also had the farrier out yesterday and he said to try vaseline. He also said that it can help when everything is well trimmed as it can help to cut down on accumulation. They were not out for very long yesterday (4 hours) as I kept them in waiting for the farrier and my hubby forgot to do anything for them this morning...so I am hoping that today will be better but time will tell.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will let everyone know how I make out.
     
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    12-16-2010, 01:53 PM
  #22
Showing
You know, I don't know if there is a really good trick you can use. I know some people have use PAM(the cooking spray), and I've heard some people use vaseline. Never used either one. All I did with my horses was to put them in the wash rack and to use warm water. I've used specialty shoes with the caps to help prevent build up, but they were insanely expensive, and they didnt always work.

Hosing might be your best option if you have access to a wash rack.
     
    12-17-2010, 08:32 PM
  #23
Yearling
Vaseline / patroleum jelly in the hooves before you turn them out works a treat, stops the ice from sticking & it should just fall out as they walk. :)
     
    02-10-2011, 11:32 AM
  #24
Weanling
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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'm no expert, just wondering.. would there be no negative effects of this? Going from super cold to warm water? I'm ust thinking when my hands are freezing and I put them in anything but cold water it stings. I was just curious if this would do anything to their hooves since they stand on them all day like somthing similar to foundering? I don't know that's why I'm asking.
A boarder at my stables has a horse with..(forgive me if I'm wrong) eggbar wedge shoes? Its a solid circular shoe with a heel(we call them his stilettos) he has navicular problems and she has a whole hoove routine daily. His feet pack with Ice and she has to use a hammer on a hoofpick like a chisel.
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    02-10-2011, 12:14 PM
  #25
Weanling
This whole thread is very interesting to me. I live in the south and we don't normally have much snow/ice, but..... this year has been different. When we had 10 days of snow/ice about a month ago my hubby's gelding came in from the pasture with rounded balls of ice in his front hoofs. It was so funny looking, it did look like he was in high heels!
I left him for an hour or two and went back they ice had melted enough to fall out.
This is not something we are use to, so it was very funny to me.. I would not want to have to deal with that every day.

Rhonda
     
    02-10-2011, 12:52 PM
  #26
Yearling
I had the same problem with Jesse last year. I ended up bending my nice new Oster hoofpick :(. But, from then on I'd use a rasp. I usually just file the ice down until it's thin then I take my hoofpick (99 cents from Princess Auto) and pick it out. As far as the ice balls go, I have the same problem this year. I will usually just use my fingers and hold them until they melt away (for small ones), cut them off, or use a blow dryer.
     
    02-10-2011, 01:23 PM
  #27
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Arksly    
I had the same problem with Jesse last year. I ended up bending my nice new Oster hoofpick :(. But, from then on I'd use a rasp. I usually just file the ice down until it's thin then I take my hoofpick (99 cents from Princess Auto) and pick it out. As far as the ice balls go, I have the same problem this year. I will usually just use my fingers and hold them until they melt away (for small ones), cut them off, or use a blow dryer.
A few taps on the snow ball with a rubber mallet and it crumbles and falls right out. No bending of hoof picks, no confining the horses leg while you rasp the snow ball level (!?), no asking the poor horse to balance for very long on the other hoof with the build up in it.
     
    02-10-2011, 01:25 PM
  #28
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
A few taps on the snow ball with a rubber mallet and it crumbles and falls right out. No bending of hoof picks, no confining the horses leg while you rasp the snow ball level (!?), no asking the poor horse to balance for very long on the other hoof with the build up in it.
That hoof pick thing was only once. I'll have to try the mallet thing. Usually I could file it down pretty quickly but sometimes it would be longer.
     
    02-11-2011, 09:21 AM
  #29
Yearling
I have used Vaseline with a lot of success in the ice balls not building up in the hooves. To help elimiante the messiness I use disposable latex gloves that I buy by the box. It only takes one glove to slather the Vaseline onto the soles of the hoof.
     
    02-20-2011, 12:11 AM
  #30
Yearling
Arksly- I also bent a hoof pick backwards trying to remove ice balls!

When I had that problem, I would just take a cheap, sturdy hoofpick (like from Princess Auto) and get it under the ice in the grooves of the hoof, if I could, and pop the ice out in one piece. If I couldn't get it off that way, I would just try to chip away at the edges until I could get the pick under, or get it off bit by bit. I've never been fortunate enough to board anywhere with a barn, never mind warm water!
     

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