WD-40 On Soles to prevent ice/snowbuild up? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 25 Old 11-14-2019, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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WD-40 On Soles to prevent ice/snowbuild up?

Is it safe to put WD-40 on soles of feet to prevent ice/snow build up?

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I don't know how that would work, but if you get that stuff on a kitchen floor you can skate like on ice!

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WD-40 we use to use on my husbands snow-plow to assist with turnover and no sticking of snow...
Hooves, as a kid used PAM cooking spray...it helped some but once build-up started it started...
I think it made it a bit easier to "pop" out ice balls...my horses wore shoes year round as I had to ride paved roads to the trails...
To much hoof wear would of had my guys lame, dead lame with the amount of riding I did.

Personally I would be very hesitant to spray that on my horses soles...
I can tell you that getting it on your hands can remove layers of skin..including callouses.

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I don't think I would do it. WD 40 isn't a true lubricant, I think it's more like a solvent as it dissolves rust. I think I would reach for something like PAM.

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I've always heard to use Vaseline but never tried it.
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I think I tried PAM. worked for only a short time. Our snow is called, "Cascade Concrete" for a good reason; it makes amazing snowballs that are solid as concrete.
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I used Vaseline. It was okay for a time then wore off.

I can imagine that WD40 would work but prolonged use of a product made to dissolve rust, remove water/moisture can't be good for their hooves. They're porous and I'd think the product could be absorbed through the wall, work it's way into any weak areas or cracks and dry out their hooves. I wash it off my hands so I'd avoid using it on a horse.
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Precisely, @Caledonian - not good for the hooves; plus the solvents in WD-40 aren't great in the bloodstream, which is where they can easily end up as so volatile and able to travel through porous horn, skin, soft tissue etc.

Vaseline is fine - it's not a solvent, and large non-polar hydrocarbon molecules like that are generally not a toxicity problem via absorption through skin / external surfaces.

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I used to carry a hoof pick, and hop off once or twice a ride to pop the snow out. You can hear the sound change when it builds up. Sort of a crunch-squeak.
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