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so at our local barn our horses are out side for most of the day. when they come in at night they have "high heels" of ice. these can be even 2 inches high some days. it doesn't look very comfortable and I'm wondering if there is any way we can prevent it. thanks
 

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Apparently some folks have put Vaseline/petroleum jelly on the soles - it is somewhat successful but is not a complete cure as I understand it. Other than that, I just keep a hammer handy to tap (not hit) the ice out using the claw part of it.
 

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If you need shoes on your horses you can have him shod with snow pads.
Otherwise I just use a shoeing hammer to knock the ice out when I bring them in the barn or pack a small screw driver in my pocket to pry the ice out.
Someone said you can put cooking spray on the bottoms to help keep the ice from balling up, never tried it to see if it works though.

ETA: LOL, chevaux beat me to the punch :)
 

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My horses have ice build up every day it does come out on its own. I pretty much don't worry about it. Guess after 25 years of dealing with its not a big deal any more.
 
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