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    12-15-2010, 03:52 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Snow packed hooves (Leg problems??)

I have always wondered this, my horses get really snow packed hooves in the winter, but I was wondering is this dangerous on their tendons? I clean them out but right when they go back outside it packs right back in.
Is this dangerous or nothing to worry about?
     
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    12-15-2010, 04:04 PM
  #2
Foal
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 =]
     
    12-15-2010, 04:43 PM
  #3
mls
Trained
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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.
     
    12-15-2010, 05:28 PM
  #4
Foal
I've never found that its melted off. Mine have always come in with lots still there.
     
    12-15-2010, 06:31 PM
  #5
Started
I pick mine twice daily and apply cooking spray it seems to make picking them out alot easier and there isn't "as much" build up
     
    12-16-2010, 05:35 PM
  #6
Weanling
I was wondering this yesterday actually. I was working my horse, just free lunging, and had to keep stopping to pick his feet. I migth give the vaseline a try.
     
    12-17-2010, 10:36 AM
  #7
Showing
Don't you, guys, think they'll slip even more if you apply the oil or vaseline on? I was thinking about trying something, but I'd be afraid it'll make slipping problem even worse...
     
    12-17-2010, 11:06 AM
  #8
Foal
Isn't there a product that is kind of like liquidy and you can fill your horses hooves with it and then it will dry and be rubbery? I know I have seen this in a magazine before, but I'm not sure who makes it.

It's also important to get the snow out b/c it traps bacteria under there and then it's a breeding ground for thrush.
     
    12-17-2010, 11:25 AM
  #9
Foal
I was told by my farrier the day before yesterday that the thrush virus cannot live in the cold..so I was wondering how trapped snow in hooves could be a breeding ground?
     
    12-17-2010, 12:28 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by phoenix    
I was wondering this yesterday actually. I was working my horse, just free lunging, and had to keep stopping to pick his feet. I migth give the vaseline a try.
The snow should not be building that kind of a ball in just a few minutes. We trail ride for a couple of hours at a time (some shod, some not) and do not have that kind of issue. The ice balls form more from the heat melting the snow while they are standing around.

A couple of good smacks with a rubber mallet will break up the ice ball. Much better than spraying un natural products.
     

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