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        10-25-2008, 11:55 AM
    Thanks Rustic! :)

    The pasture my gelding is in right now (the same he'll be in for the winter) is pretty flat with only a slight hill in the rear pasture, but I think he'll be ok.
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        10-25-2008, 12:47 PM
    No problem. My horses have a pretty big steep hill in theirs. I'm not positive if I have a pic, I'll look and if I do I'll attach it.
    But anyway, we used to block it off but last year I think was the first year we didn't. Either that or the year before. (Sad how I can't remember lol) But anyway, they made their own judgment of when they could and couldn't go up. When we got too much snow they quit going up. The first few inches they were still going and were fine, then after we got more they quit as there was nothing up there for them anyway. Chances are your horse will be okay with the hill but I'd still do the Vaseline anyway. I did.

    So, I did find a couple of pictures. They aren't very good though. It's tough to get a good pic of the hill. Haha if I find a better one later I'll post it. But anyway, you can see the basics.
    The middle one is Hunter on top of the hill. You can see the peak of the barn in it. And for reference of how big the barn is I posted a pic of it. (It's very old :) But I like it!)
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        10-25-2008, 01:09 PM
    Love the old barn and whos the cutiepatooty on the trac-ho??lol

    Gypsy where bouts do you live in WA(if you don't mind me askin')
        10-25-2008, 01:57 PM
    Im in Raymond, so its south of seattle but a couple hours from porland OR.
    WOW I just looked your in WA TOO! I thought I was the only one. ^_^
        10-25-2008, 02:31 PM
    Originally Posted by appylover31803    
    how much Vaseline do you put on? A thin coat just to coat the hoof, or a thick coat?
    Put a decently thick layer but not enough that its going to "flub/blub" off. Enough to "thoroughly" coat the hoof. :)
        11-02-2008, 10:09 AM
    I know of quite a few people who use spam. I usually remove shoes off my horses during the winter for that reason. Hate it when you bring them inside the barn and he is slipping around on heals. Very dangerous and I can't imagine it being confortable.

    Which one sticks longer, vaseline or spam?
        11-02-2008, 02:53 PM
    I will be talking to my farrier about possibly removing Gem's shoes, but considering he has them on for a reason (he's the one that was lame and everything) I don't want to take them off only for him to be lame throughout the winter. I rather deal with putting vaseline on him and picking his hooves before he comes into the barn.

    That's a great question, Kelly. I would like to know too.
        11-03-2008, 01:41 AM
    While the cooking spray and the petroleum jelly both work, neither will give you much time before they fail. You're lucky to get an hour before the snow starts balling up, and it's more often about 30 minutes.

    I know you said that you wanted to avoid pads, but if your horse needs to remain shod, it may end up being your best option. If so, you might talk to your farrier about using a snow rim pad rather than the old style full snow pad (the ones with the big bubble).
        11-03-2008, 02:20 AM
    I always used pam spray in the winter even if my mare had pads, there were days where the snow would stick to any thing
        11-03-2008, 10:21 AM
    Well, I don't think anything will prevent it completely but I never had a problem when I used the vaseline. He would still get a little bit of snow build-up (he didn't have shoes) but it would come put SO much easier when I picked it out. I'd do it just about every day and put it back on.

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