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        01-12-2014, 11:03 AM
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    Foal
    Winter Hooves!

    My horses stay outside all winter and they pick up snow in their feet and sometimes it gets to be frozen in to their hoof. Any ways you guys use to help get ice out of their hooves?
         
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        01-12-2014, 01:38 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    I bang my hoof pick into the snow ball in their foot until it loosens up enough to pick it out. I use the pick end like a sledgehammer. Just be careful you aren't banging right over the frog area.
         
        01-12-2014, 01:58 PM
      #3
    Foal
    You can pack there hooves with Vaseline.
         
        01-12-2014, 06:12 PM
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    Foal
    I use baby oil
         
        01-12-2014, 08:26 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    I have heard a lot of people talk about this, how come it never happens to my horse? My barn owner skillfully uses a hammer to break it up. Not too hard, obviously, just enough to loosen the ice so it can be picked out.
         
        01-12-2014, 09:03 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by QuietHeartHorses    
    I have heard a lot of people talk about this, how come it never happens to my horse? My barn owner skillfully uses a hammer to break it up. Not too hard, obviously, just enough to loosen the ice so it can be picked out.
    It depends on the snow and the temperature. If the snow has a lot of moisture in it and the temps are near freezing/thawing temps, the snow will pack in their hooves. Think of snow that makes great snowballs to throw. Now, if the snow has little moisture or the temps are really cold, the snow doesn't stick as well.

    I just use the hoof pick and pick and scrape it out.
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