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Old 02-18-2008, 08:17 AM  
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Salt on hooves

Does anyone know what salt will do to a horses hoof? It is very icy here and I was wondering if it would hurt to spread a little where my horses eat outside so they don't slip and hurt themselves.
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:22 AM  
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Instead of salt, spread some fine crushed bluestone around. The salt will disolve and the ice will refreeze even slicker than it was to start. The bluestone will give the ice some grip and will work with the sun to melt the ice.

If you can't get bluestone, even sand will do better than salt.
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I don't know about horses, but I know the salt will burn the pads on a dog's paw, so I assume since the sole of the hoof is soft tissue too that it may do some damage. I have no idea how much or what kind, but I don't think I'd want to take a chance. Listen to Mr. T, I'm sure he knows what he's talking about.
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Most people in my area throw rock salt on the ground like candy in a parade. I've never heard of it causing any problems. In fact, my instructor said she tosses it all over the iced up areas and then throws down shavings to help with traction when the salt ceases to work and everything refreezes. She even puts rock salt in with shavings in summer to prevent dustiness.
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Old 02-18-2008, 10:56 AM  
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I try to stay away from using salt in the horses field. I use sand or kitty litter instead. The cat litter works great! It melts the ice a little & gives traction. The sand just gives traction but it's better than nothing.
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If you are going to put it near the hay, then I am not sure I would want to use kitty litter or sand as you don't want your horse injesting that. Gravel or shavings would seem safer to me.

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Just my thought but I was always affraid to throw salt on the ground where the horses are. I was affraid they would start licking it off the ground with a little of dirt with it...especially in the spring. then you will really have problems.
I like the idea of kitty litter and shavings though.
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Just my thought but I was always affraid to throw salt on the ground where the horses are. I was affraid they would start licking it off the ground with a little of dirt with it...especially in the spring. then you will really have problems.
I like the idea of kitty litter and shavings though.
Why would eating salt cause problems?
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I have used sand, spread around they wasted hay from the round bales. For pockets of water that you know are going to freeze up again, I dropped hay or straw into so it froze with hay/straw sticking up. But basically held my breath. Sometimes you just can't beat it.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:23 PM  
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We used to use kitty litter or sand when I lived in WI. I did throw some salt out with it when the ice was really smooth to help the sand/litter sink in a little more rather than just skid across the surface.
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Why would eating salt cause problems?
may2007... its not the salt that will cause the problem... if you read on I say it will be the dirt on the ground that will cause the problem in your horses stomach.
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