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    02-20-2011, 01:17 AM
Originally Posted by aspin231    
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!
*Cheers for cheap hoofpicks!
They seem to be so much stronger and you don't have to worry about breaking it!
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    02-20-2011, 12:10 PM
Yes, lots of people already brought up warm water but absolutely. The only issue there is if your horses feet are extremely sensitive. One of my Thouroughbreds is very sensitive and if his feet get even a little wet, he's lame. If you can bring your horses indoors, I would start there. Then if their feet aren't too sensitive, use the warm bucket of water. If the feet are sensitive, I would keep them inside in an area with little-no concrete, to avoid falls and let the ice loosen up before going at it again.
    02-20-2011, 01:28 PM
Green Broke
I use a hammer. Blue gets huge chunks of ice in his hooves, even though he is barefoot. I take a hammer and lossen them up then take the part of the hammer that pulls out nails and get the ice out. I make sure to do that the first thing when I bring him in since he can be a wiggle-worm in the cross ties and I don't want him to fall.

The ice always makes him look an inch or two taller than he actually is, its crazy!
    02-20-2011, 09:33 PM
I saw that someone suggested warm water, which should work. You could maybe wrap there legs, that would prevent the balls of ice from getting on the fur by their legs. (You'd have to wrap there legs right, though. Make sure to look it up and not wrap 'em to tight.)
    02-20-2011, 11:06 PM
I can understand snow sticking if the horses are shod, but barefoot? I can never remember having THAT much snow accumulating in their feet. My girls now definitely don't and when I was a kid, I don't remember that either. I would say that the trim was the biggest part of the issue.

I have always lived with snow and the only horses that had problems were shod. It seems odd to me that so many people are familiar with this trouble.

We used to put ski wax on the bottom of our ski boots to keep the snow from balling up on the bottom of those. If you are in a ski area and want to try it, get the silver wax -- really soft stuff rated for temps just at or above freezing.
    03-01-2011, 11:45 PM
Only one of my horses gets balled up. I knock the balls off with a hammer (don't hammer onto the hooves, hammer across the ice ball sideways), clean the rest out with a pick (not usually much left) and spray with baking spray (like Pam). I don't have to do this more than once or twice at most each winter, as the baking spray seems to last - and we live in northern Michigan, the land of snow! LOL! But that is just my experience. Good luck!

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