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EQUUS - - Equus -

I re­ally liked “Win­ter Hoof Hazards” (EQUUS 484), es­pe­cially the sec­tion on ice balls. I do have to say, though, that a horse does not have to wear shoes to have this prob­lem. I have two 21-yearold mares who are bare­foot, and I have al­ways had prob­lems with ice balls. We re­cently had only one inch of snow, and ice balls ap­peared. But the mares do have ac­cess to a stream, so it could be that the snow is freez­ing on their feet af­ter their hooves get wet. He­len San­ders Cum­ber­land, Mary­land

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