In some parts of the county, the frozen ground is a welcome occurrence! Flies and annoying pests are gone, snow might be coming, and the earth gets time to rest. BUT - your horse’s hooves might not appreciate it so much.
Frozen ground is wickedly hard - harder than any concrete or asphalt road. It also likes to freeze rocks into place, creating little spikes in the ground. Your horse won’t be able to kick them out of the way, so tripping is a risk, as are nasty bruises from landing on one of those - even at the walk.
You also need to be diligent around muddy pastures that have frozen. As the ground freezes, the hoof prints created in the mud freeze, creating small mountain ranges in the pasture. Not good for hoof soles, and the possibility of injury is there if your horse twists a leg.
Ice is the third big concern when the ground is frozen, as a falling horse often leads to major traumas.
When it comes to your horse’s hooves and frozen ground, you can support his hoof health in a few ways.
A hoof pad inside a hoof boot can help to support your horse.
Cross your fingers for an early spring!