Well if your a horse owner you know that means foot soaking. Our previous vet showed us how to do a longer term soak by using a plastic bag, padding, Epsom Salt and Iodine. As long as the horse does not bust through the layers it can last a couple of days.
Step 1: Clean the hoof
|Bruise is at the upper right|
Step 2: Place the padding in water to soak or add water to the diaper, Prep materials
|Tape, snow pad w/tape ready, gallon bag, diaper with salt and iodine|
Step 3: Add Epsom Salt and Iodine to the padding once out of water
Step 4: Place padding on the hoof and place a bag over the hoof
|I could even use the diaper tabs to secure|
Step 5: Vet wrap over the bag, remove as much air from bag so the horse does not bust it just putting the hoof down
Step 6: Use heavy duty tape over the whole set up, extra at the toe
Other than the fact that vets make wrapping tape around a hoof look way easier than I ever find it to be, the process is quick and easy (if your horse is as cooperative as Winston).
I added an old snow pad to protect the bottom this time, but we have also used cut up cardboard. Hopefully Winston will feel better in a couple of weeks. This is the second horse I know to get a bruise in the last few weeks. Fingers crossed no one else falls victim.