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post #1 of 7 Old 05-13-2009, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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BOAs and Coronary Rubs

OTTB popped an abscess and has a large bruise near his toe. The vet advised waiting to put shoes on him till his foot healed a little more. He basically hobbled around in pain and was starting to drop weight. We got him BOAs and they made a world of difference in his attitude and ability to move around.

Well we have been soaking his foot in epsom salt every other day and wrapping it with betadine (vet said it works better than icthemol). We have been turning him out at night with the BOAs on for about a week and a half (with out the gaters or whatever). They have caused sores on the front of the coronary band on both hooves.

Obviously I need to let them heal before we can put the boots back on... but is there anything I can do to prevent them from reoccuring? This is my first experience with the boots.

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I wonder if you might be better off with a soaking boot rather than a regular hoof boot. I've seen the soakers, they aren't too expensive.
here are some davis boots

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You must have the gators on, especially if you are leaving the boots on over an extended period of time. The Gators are made specifically for preventing rubs.
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Make sure the hoof is dry before putting the boots on, wet skin chafes more easily. The gaitors help, but sometimes the neoprene will cause a painless scald mark in hot/wet conditons. It's better than infected hoof, but this is why the manufacturer doens't recommend leaving them on for 24/7. You can also try simple vetwrap over the top of the hoof/pastern area. It will take the abuse from the boot and minimize the rubbing on the coronet.
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They wern't on 24/7.. While he was in the stall I had a medicine boot on with cotton soaked in betadine. Then I would rinse his foot off and dry it out before he got turned out with the BOA's. Its been extraordinarily humid so I'm sure that plays a role... When I had the regular easy boots I wrapped his foot in the vet wrap to try to get the easy boot to stay on... the only thing it did was cause swelling of the coronary band.


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Dew on the grass in the night/morning hours is plenty to cause an issue. Regardless of 24/7 or 12 hours overnight, that's not what the boots are designed for, as mentioned in the pamphlet that comes in the box with them. =) Though I'd still recommend them for it if you have a wound, I'd rather a little rubbing than an infected wound,so you have to pick which problem you can live with.

The vetwrap shouldn't have caused any swelling, unless it was too tight, then it could be a problem...

another option is to just make a "duct tape boot" with gauze, vetwrap and an outer layer of duct tape, but it will have to be cut off every day, and reapplied.

By this point, it may be better to leave the hoof unwrapped anyways, once the abscess has opened, you can continue to treat it with iodine, but allowing it to dry out is the best thing. Depending on if was opened by your vet or on it's own. If it was cut open, the need to bandage is greater, as the abscess, if allowed to run it's own course, would have sealed itself from the internal blood supply, and the hole would just need cleaning,but cutting it open before it is ready to pop on it's own, can make the chance for reinfection much, much greater. However, even if cut open by your vet, after a week, the bandage is probably okay to come off, but keep cleaning it and applying the disinfectant for several more days, then you can stop that, as well.
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I took another look at the gators that go in them and they do have extra padding where the rubs are... I just don't see how you get all that and the hoof in the boot!!!!

The abscess that popped isn't our concern... its the large very tender bruise that covers the front have of his sole. There was gravel on the way out to the pasture that he couldn't walk over and then where it rained and dried and the hard dirt pot holes he couldn't navigate without the boots.

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