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post #1 of 5 Old 07-01-2013, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Stone Bruise!

So my pony is recently barefoot and has a stone bruise! Last time it happened the vet told me to soak her foot in epsom salts with water, however I couldn't remember whether the water was supposed to be hot or cold. I googled it and hot water was what everything said. Though there were also lots of people saying you shouldn't soak stone bruises in case abcesses form, and that it just helps further soften the sole?? What's everyones opinions/ideas on treating stone bruises? Could I poultice it with plantain or something from the garden? I'm off to soak it in hot/warm water with epsom salts now :)
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My OTTB was subject to stone bruises from time to time. In my case the vet had me poultice it with, the name escapes me but it is a minty smelling green gel poultice that contains epsom salt...stateline tack has a similar version called Kaeco Epsom Salt Poultice; I'll have to check my tackbox next time I am at the barn. She says soaking softens the foot and delays a stone bruise from healing..the idea is to harden the foot which this poultice does. I slathered this on the sole, packed it down with gauze and then used ye old duct tape to wrap the hoof and keep everything in place. Be careful using duct tape though...don't wrap the coronet band.

In general, when soaking, like for an abscess, I used warm to mildly hot water to dissolve the epsom salts and also added in betadine; the vet approved the combination and the actions.
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I have good luck spraying the sole with iodine to toughen the area up. Usually works in about 3 days (doing once per day)
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-07-2013, 09:31 AM
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For stone bruises we always want to keep the sole dry and use iodine to help toughen it up. A moist sole always seems to make it worse in my experience.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-08-2013, 05:40 AM Thread Starter
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Righto, I'll find some iodine for next time :) thanks!
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