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    08-27-2012, 03:41 AM
Poultice recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for poultice mixtures which are useful and practical (packaging, weight) for long-distance riding, just in case one is needed. What do you keep to hand? Which work best?

Any home-made mixtures that you can recommend? Something that doubles up for dogs (and humans) is even better...
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    08-27-2012, 08:24 AM
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Instead of a poultice, which is a clay compound, I would consider carrying a small plastic bottle of liquid --- unless you want to carry the vet wrap and a pair of scissors with you to do a wrap???

I use both the liquid and the clay poultice "Sore-No-More". It is all natural and its primary ingredient is arnica. It's a cooling clay and works very well on my horse.

I have arthritis in my hands and will coat my hands, then vet wrap them before I trim my horses.

Ack - the links come up as "search results"; I guess that's because I went to Valley Vet's website and did a search on their site. I buy from Valley Vet as they are great to do business with and offer discounts for buying some things in bulk.

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It really is a "cooling clay" as advertised.

I hate Absorbine's clay poultice as it feels gritty, takes a lot of Dawn dish soap to get that stuff washed off and makes my horse's legs itch.

Numotizine is a sweat and really works but that stuff makes my mouth tingle and feel funny - even when I use rubber gloves. It's reacts against me the same way the old ammonia blueprints did, back when I had a real job. The blueprint room had to have my stuff ready & waiting outside the door; I was so sensitive to the ammonia, I couldn't even go inside the BP room.

Numotizine does the same thing

Or, there's the AnimalIntex poultice pads which are also all natural. I love those and they work but they work best if they're wet. Then you're back into haveing to vet wrap them onto the horse and having either warm or cold water to soak them in before applying them

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    08-27-2012, 08:20 PM
For treating abscesses, my vet told me to mix epsom salt and iodine, pour the mixture on a diaper or dressing, and apply to the hoof. Worked wonders.
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    08-29-2012, 01:13 AM
Thanks for the replies. I've looked up the Sore-no-More products and they do have some good feedback. We will be travelling with quite a comprehensive vet kit so needing wraps isn't much of a problem - however, it would be nice to have something prepared for the more remote areas.
Always like to learn about the make-your-own options, though.
    08-29-2012, 01:26 AM
I wouldn't advise putting the sore-no-more poultice on your bare skin as it bleaches skin, says so on the tub and happened to my coach. Unless you like having white patches. :p
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    08-29-2012, 02:29 AM
Good to know
    08-29-2012, 04:13 PM
Can't go wrong w/warm epsom salts. Soak at least 15-20 or you're just wasting your time. I find an ichthammol poultice to be more powerful than clay for drawing out soreness. I pack the hoof & wrap overnight. Something that works great that I've not been able to do yet, is line an entire stall with bentonite clay. It takes quite a load. We don't have many show horses, but I know many cutters that do this. It works wonders overnight drawing out swelling, pain and toxins.

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