How to harden the hoof?

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    07-24-2013, 07:32 AM
How to harden the hoof?

So basically there is a soft spot on bottom after farrier opened it up (to drain abscess). I put betadine and wrap it (although she keeps losing those "boots" all the time :( ). Is there anything else I can do to harden that spot or grow it back faster?
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    07-24-2013, 07:52 AM
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We always soaked our Horses foot in warm water with Epson Salts in the water twice a day, then applied betadine and wrapped with vet wrap then applied duck tape over the vet wrap, worked pretty well.

The place where the abscess was needs to air out, so we would only do the soaking and wrapping for 3-4 days, depending on the conditions of the ground (wet and muddy or dry) and how bad of an abscess it was. The soaking with epson salt water would continue for a few more day, but no wrapping after that

    07-24-2013, 09:05 AM
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You don't want the abscess area to close up too quickly because youd don't want to lock any debree in it. Sorry about the spelling.

Pine Tar is the age old remedy but I like this hoof dressing that smells like peppermint, it's called farriers somethingerother. I tried to look it up on the smartpak site but they are down.. :( It has stuff in it that fights thrush and hardens hoofs.
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    07-24-2013, 10:14 AM
Interesting... Thanks, folks! Nick said to do betadine/wrap for about a week (which ends tomorrow). So I can just let her go without the wrap? My biggest concern (sorry, if it sounds silly) if she steps on something sharp with that spot (as I can't really remove ALL stones from the field :) ).
    07-24-2013, 10:23 AM
My horse has soft, thin soles so, once shod, we wedged cotton up under the shoe and soaked it with betadine. (My farrier wanted me to get 7% iodine, but not even my vet had that! But it's more potent and would be more effective. You do have to get it from a vet, though.)

The cotton thing and I weren't getting along, though, so I just got a spray bottle head and cleaned/sprayed the bottom of his hoof every day or every other day. He's finally showing signs of good, hard, and solid sole!
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    07-24-2013, 04:29 PM
Durasole is good stuff. I recommend cleaning the foot well and using a hair dryer on it to dry it out before applying so it soaks in well. Sadly, sole grows very slowly so you will just have to wait for regrowth and protect as needed.

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