Originally Posted by flamehead
No idea whether its dangerous, I would have thought its not awful so long as they don't slip, which of course they might do but no more so than when they're in mud...
However, use vaseline to stop it happening! Whack a load on the soles, it doesnt happen any more =]
Yes - it can be dangerous. As long as they move at their own pace, they are less likely to be hurt. Being chased away from feed, etc and they could do some soft tissue damage, twist a lower limb, abscess, etc. It is worse than mud since their is a build up. Walking in mud is easier than walking on a frozen ball.
Nothing you can coat the hooves with will last for very long. The heat from their soles will melt the Pam, vaseline, whatever and then you are back to square one.