Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
OK...I still think you need a vet ASAP, but I'll give you our farm protocol for bows. We see lots as we are a turn-out facility for STBD racehorses.
Use cold therapy 2X a day, for about 15-20 minutes. Cold hose or super cold gel;pacs held in place with a polo work great, too.
Keep the leg bandaged at all times if possible. We use a straight up alcohol sweat. Just apply alcohol, use a NO BOW cotton , do several layers of plastic wrap, and stable bandage. After a week of so of this, we will ofen do an external blister with something like Ball's solution or similar applied with a brush. Get a light scurf and then go back to a light sweat. Maybe avoid sweating for more than a week or so at a time. Throw in the odd day for a refreshing type linament such as green cool. Maybe think about magnest, too. They can work wonders! Just please remember do not use magnets for 48 hours if your vet has done an injection in the leg.
Again, please ask your vet for a routine specific to your horse, but this one has served us well. Good luck!!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork