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  • Horse soggy heels very lame
  • When poulticing how do i stop the bulbs of the heel getting to soft

 
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    07-14-2013, 11:46 AM
  #1
Weanling
Soggy heel while poulticing...........

3 weeks ago my mare went lame literally walking from one side of the field to the other. The farrier diagnosed a bruised sole on the front left hoof and advised having shoes on the front (her hooves flare and he'd cut away the flare but that meant that she was walking on the sole rather than the hoof).
Within a few hours, she'd lied down and we couldn't get her to stand so I called the vet and he found a big abcess in her sole (also commented on the fact she was walking on her soles) and cut it away. It was full of puss but the relief was immediate and after a couple of days she was no longer lame.
We're still poulticing (gunk still coming out) daily and while she doesn't bother, we've had a set back as the tape i'd been using ran out and after using another type (all horsey stuff supposedly fit for the purpose), it came off overnight and she'd managed to pack the hole with muck etc.
A good scrub and soak later and we're back on track but we've still got goo coming out although she's sound now but my problem is that it's been very hot here and she's sweating in the wrappings i'm doing and the heel bulb is now very soft and almost soggy and light grey in colour.
I can't stop poulticing and wrapping etc and if I don't wrap good enough it just comes off and we end up with it being yucky and packed with poo etc, but will it cause her problems with the heel bulbs being soft or will they dry up when we finish wrapping.
It looks as though the abcess has blown out of her hoof wall too as she's a small hole there (but that's obviously covered at the moment with the wrapping we're doing) but is there anything I should do to that?

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    07-14-2013, 12:15 PM
  #2
Trained
If that is what the vet told you treat in in the manner you are, then I won't argue. However, they make medicine boots that protect the hoof from "muck" whilst mending/draining, allow air movement and help w keeping the medication clean and site specific. Just a suggestion.
     
    07-14-2013, 12:23 PM
  #3
Weanling
Ooooh - they sound ideal - thankyou.

We're about a mile away from an equestrian store so i'll have a look tomorrow.
If we used a boot, how do we secure the poultice? (New to this so clueless) xx
     
    07-14-2013, 12:30 PM
  #4
Trained
The internet might be cheaper than a store, and have more options.

To be honest, I have only ever seen other people use medicine boots. I have, knock on wood, never had to use them myself. I imagine you could secure the poultice in the same manner, with less tape as it will be kept protected. But, I am hoping someone with experience will give you more helpful info on this score. I keep ichthammol handy in the event I ever have to use it. I can't imagine it would need any "assistance" in "stick power". :)
     
    07-15-2013, 11:55 AM
  #5
Weanling
That's great advice thanks - we do in fact (or so my son tells me) have a poultice boot from when she's had past infections, in the garage somewhere (think needle and haystack lol) so i'll be hunting that out tomorrow.
I've had a look at the ichthammol - pretty dear over here, but when I look at the other "miracle" lotions and potions, i've bought for her, this seems to be the oldest and best, so i've one of those whizzing it's way through the post.
     
    07-15-2013, 12:37 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by Reckyroo    
That's great advice thanks - we do in fact (or so my son tells me) have a poultice boot from when she's had past infections, in the garage somewhere (think needle and haystack lol) so i'll be hunting that out tomorrow.
I've had a look at the ichthammol - pretty dear over here, but when I look at the other "miracle" lotions and potions, i've bought for her, this seems to be the oldest and best, so i've one of those whizzing it's way through the post.
Oh good! I am always happy when I have something on hand already (even if I have to search for it) as opposed to go spend more money. :) I try not to even keep track of what I do spend, that way I have no idea.

Yeah, ichthammol - just a heads up, it is sticky goo. If it gets on you, it won't just come right off. Wishing your guy a speedy recovery!
     
    07-15-2013, 10:18 PM
  #7
Yearling
Ichthamol is great. You're right it's great and cheap.
     

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