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  • Horses in winter is it ok to have snowball feet

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    10-24-2008, 10:58 PM
Lol, I've never had them but I guess they would be just the packed snow that would get stuck in the horses hooves caused by him having shoes. Correct me if im wrong just my guess.
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    10-24-2008, 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by amandaandeggo    
. . . She said that he could kill w/ those shoes
Is that true wow what in the world did those things look like?
    10-25-2008, 12:00 AM
Originally Posted by travlingypsy    
lol, I've never had them but I guess they would be just the packed snow that would get stuck in the horses hooves caused by him having shoes. Correct me if im wrong just my guess.
Yes, the snow goes into a snowball shape because of the shoes. I'm not sure if can happen in barefoot horses, but when I would take lessons, we would have to be careful because the lesson horses (almost all of them wore shoes) would get snowballs in their hooves.
    10-25-2008, 12:13 AM
I always pull the shoes, otherwise the metal on snow can get pretty slippery for them.
    10-25-2008, 12:14 AM
Well as of right now, my gelding has shoes on for correctiveness, so taking them off really isn't an option, but I will ask my vet/farrier for their opinion on taking off his shoes for the winter.
    10-25-2008, 12:27 AM
Ive never ridden in the snow before. Is it very safe? What do you have to look out for besides ice? Can you still w/t/c probablly huh cause what about all the people in the old days... What about going up hills?
    10-25-2008, 12:35 AM
At my old barn, we would only ride up until a week before christmas, so there wasn't really a lot of snow then. But we would mostly do a lot of walking and trotting and only cantering if my instructor thought it was ok.

I'm sure you'd have to be very careful with going up hills.
Just use a lot of caution and common sense. If it's too dangerous for you to be walking or running in the snow, it's too dangerous for a horse
    10-25-2008, 12:41 AM
Luckily in WA we don't have a lot of snow, its mostly turned into ice. I think we only get like 2 inches and everyone is freaking out. But that's in the western part. In eastern WA were I use to live we got a couple feet where we jumped out of the truck and it would reach past our knees, I miss it sooooo much! Honestly if someone gave me the chance I would move back up there in a heart beat.
    10-25-2008, 12:49 AM
Originally Posted by appylover31803    
how much Vaseline do you put on? A thin coat just to coat the hoof, or a thick coat?

I put it on pretty thick. That's the only way I could get a very good layer on. And I figured I'd be on the safe side and put it on thick because then there is a lot extra for when some wears off. I didn't put like 2 inches on or anything but just put a good amount in the frog and such and smeared it around the rest of the bottom of the hoof in a 1/4 or 1/2 inch or so layer.
    10-25-2008, 07:54 AM
Ooh, love this topic :)
When I rode last we hada huge poblem because of the snow balling in their feet + they didn't have their studded shoes yet..
I will defenetly buy a jar of vaseline for the winter

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