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        01-03-2013, 03:25 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I would check out her frogs again. The pressure from the snow/Ice/mud buildup could be causing the problem.
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        01-03-2013, 03:42 PM
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    mls
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    Originally Posted by Horsesareheaven    
    its only when her hooves get packed when I clean them out she stops limping
    She is probably not limping - she is walking with lumps of packed snow on her hooves. Same as if you put rubber balls in your tennis shoes and tried to walk.
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        01-03-2013, 07:51 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks everyone for answering !(: my uncle is very good with shoeing and taking shoes off so he pulled her two shoes off tonight and she was trotting all through the field and she never limped at all , so if everything stays good I will leave her barefoot since she will never be out on ice, only on the snow (: thanks everyone !
         
        01-03-2013, 07:51 PM
      #14
    Foal
    My mare did this last yr.. had the vet out to do xrays of her front hooves and found out her soles were to thin and our farrier was taking to much sole during trims. Once ground started to freeze she was brusing her soles walking on the frozen ground.

    We did shoes and pads until spring and weaned her off pads in the spring, did 1 round of just front shoes and she's been barefoot and fine ever since.

    WHen you pick out her feet use your thumb and push hard next to her frog the sole should be very hard not squishy or give much at all. Not saying this is your horses problem just something to check.. good luck!
         

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