How Did You Get All This In Your Hooves?
:shock: Seriously! Picked out T'Khasi's hooves today, boy were they packed with dirt! Popped him back in his nice clean box to finish his evening feed. Went to wash my hands. Came back, and he had managed to poop and stomp in it! And then presumably walked through his hay too. Result: hooves crammed again! :lol:
Keeps me busy... Anyone else have a horse that does this?
PS - He is only in temporarily as on antibiotics for a minor infection. Back out 24/7 as of Thursday, fingers crossed!
Sometimes shoes help with the packing. I've seen this before many times, yes. Not much you can do except always pick them. Or take the shoes off and let the sole build up so there's not as much concavity for him to get stuffs stuck.
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My horse has an extremely deep groove (correct me if that isn't the word.. I honestly had to look it up because I've never used the word) that is ALWAYS packed. Putting shoes on him made it even deeper. I just pick daily, and am cautious of thrush. He's moving to a box stall soon, which should prevent as much wet mud from getting in.
I have seen advertisements in horse magazines for a hoof packer? Apparently it's something you pack the hoof with that keeps it cool and prevents wetness? I don't know much about it, but someone else may be able to give you more information.
My mare is kept in a paddock, trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks and kept barefoot. I clean out her hooves weekly (sometimes more often if there's an issue such as an abscess) and before and after each ride or lunge session. Hooves get dirty - I don't know if shoeing would make them less or more prone to picking up muck.
I also use a scrubbing brush with diluted apple cider vinegar to give things a really good clean every few months.
My boy gets very compacted, dirty hooves. Quite often, I will find a clump of dirt with the perfect mould of his sole in it lying around in the paddock, or it will fall out when I walk him to where I tack up. It's pretty awesome to see, but it can be really annoying to dig out. I always have to check his feet as he is prone to thrush.
Today, he had a ridiculous amount of grass stuck in his hooves, amid plenty of poop... I much prefer it when they're packed with mud!
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