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    02-27-2012, 11:01 AM
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abscess poultice

Can someone teach me how and tell me what I need for a hoof poultice?
     
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    02-27-2012, 02:44 PM
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You can soak the hoof for perhaps 20 min 2x daily with epsom salts. Just enough water to cover the hoof. If you offer hay the horse will be more inclined to keep his hoof in the bucket - a plastic or rubber bucket, not metal. Or if he doesn't like the pail, get the biggest zip lock bag, place it over his hoof, add the solutions and zip out and duct tape it barely snug to hold it in place.
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    02-27-2012, 03:03 PM
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You can make a paste from Epsom Salt and water then apply a big gob of it to a baby diaper and duct tape it. I would put the duct tape on the diaper first then you can just slap it on. Then I would wrap some vet wrap over the top to help keep it on.

I think they make soaking boots too.
     
    02-27-2012, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
You can make a paste from Epsom Salt and water then apply a big gob of it to a baby diaper and duct tape it. I would put the duct tape on the diaper first then you can just slap it on. Then I would wrap some vet wrap over the top to help keep it on.

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Instead of diapers I use kotex maxipads.
I also add iodine to my poltice and the soaking water.
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    02-27-2012, 04:09 PM
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I've been soaking with epsom salt and warm water but I was told to add betadine? So I can just make a thick paste w/ the epsom salt? What about gauze and duct tape? Or does it need to breathe?
     
    02-27-2012, 04:10 PM
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Ps- I will grab a diaper from my babysitter tonight. Trying to picture a maxi-pad on my horses foot!!!! LMAO!!!!
     
    02-27-2012, 04:23 PM
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I used to do Epson salts soaks and wrapping with icthamol. The last abcess I had, my farrier gave me stuff to try called clean trax. It's a soak, took 45 minutes in a boot, then another 45 minutes bagged (fumes continue to kill the yuk) and then a few days of putting desitin baby cream on the sole. Cleared it right up and was a lot less work. I'm thinking it was 20 bucks for a bottle.
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    02-27-2012, 04:30 PM
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Sugardine {sugar & betadine} or Epson salts & bran,2 i've heard of that make good poultices .Had an abscess with my gelding this summer,Soaked foot in epson salts then later dressed hoof using the sugardine mixture.
     
    02-27-2012, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I've been soaking with epsom salt and warm water but I was told to add betadine? So I can just make a thick paste w/ the epsom salt? What about gauze and duct tape? Or does it need to breathe?
This may be incorrect but I put duct tape all over so he doesn't wear out the diaper on the bottom. The diaper only has to come up over the sides of the hoof enough to hold the poultice and so the duct tape is on the sides. (not up in the coronet band) I don't think it has to breathe, I change it twice a day.

And yes make it so its a thick paste, not sure where I got some stuff but it already was in a paste..more like a slime...
     
    02-27-2012, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I used to do Epson salts soaks and wrapping with icthamol. The last abcess I had, my farrier gave me stuff to try called clean trax. It's a soak, took 45 minutes in a boot, then another 45 minutes bagged (fumes continue to kill the yuk) and then a few days of putting desitin baby cream on the sole. Cleared it right up and was a lot less work. I'm thinking it was 20 bucks for a bottle.
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I am going to try this next time....hopefully won't be a next time though.
     

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