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Preventing Ice Ball build up on shod hooves
My horse had to be shod last night. He has been bare for years but right now this is the best option for him. After the farrier and I discussed we decided not to put snow pads on him, long story but now I know Im going to be dealing with ice balls. I have read years ago when I used to have my horses shod, pam and vaseline. Anyone have any opinions on these or maybe another idea?
Just curious, why did you decide against snow pads?
I've always used the rubber rim pads and had great success with them, without compromising hoof health.
I ALWAYS put snow pads on.....
Should of put rubber rim pads on sounds like the decision not too was a bad idea.You"ll be picking ice ball out none stop.The cooking spays are only short term for helping.Only makes sense to put some kind of pad to keep ice from building up. Even my less then stellar farrier knows to put pads to keep snow balls from being issue with a shod horse.
My horse is having some corrective shoeing done. Im in complete agreement with the farrier about no pads but now its trying to determine how to fight off the ice balls, if we get any snow. I did hear from someone that pam doesnt work for long.
corrective shoeing or not pads can be put on to prevent snow balls and ice balls. Theres a freinds horse whos got shoes on for corrective reasons. And guess what hes got pads to prevent snow balls. So thats a lame reason for not putting snow pads on. All i can say is have fun with it. Sounds like your mind is made up that your farrier is right. Well id say hes not right if my farrier told me not to put pads to prevent snow balls in winter id show him were the front gates are and say get gone.
I feel that my farrier and I made the right decision. We met for an hour prior to scheduling the shoeing so he could look at the horse and discuss his options. Between the 2 of us we have about 15 years of shoeing experience and we have both put snow pads on horses (although my shoeing experience was 10 years ago). Then prior to the shoeing date he also consulted with an excellent farrier with 40 years experience, I have total faith in that farrier also. I would say we made the right decision and Im very confident with our choice as my horse is extremely comfortable today which is most important to me. Although that is not to say pads are not in my horses future. If I cant control the ice balls, then he will be uncomfortable and then we will revisit our decision. Currently we dont have any snow but it will come and Im sure the ice balls will come so I was curious as to what other people might do to help prevent snow balls besides pads.
Truthfully..we never did anything with the ahod horses at my current or last barn. If we brought them out of the field we'd pick their feet..but otherwise they'd work em out in pasture. No one ever went lame, nor have they at my current barn.
If the horse has hoof issues though, I may be inclined to pick them morning/evening or such.
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Easy fix. Add a pour in pad to the shoe job.
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