Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: with my horses <3
getting young horse to accept having her feet soaked?
my coming four year old mare has decided to get a nasty slice on her front left heel. (see attached image)
i have been hot compressing it, and she stands very nicely for it. id really really like to have to soak her foot though, for longer periods of time. (are epsom salts ok? i dont want to dry her foot out..) it was rather puffy when i found it, i must have missed it the previous night or it happened in the morning. (i do night shift at my barn) the wound was discovered on tuesday night. (good thing there is a lot of snow on the ground, its like constant icing lol.)
anyway besides cleaning with hot water in the morning and night, she gets it packed and is on SMZ antibiotics x2 a day.
when i put her foot in the bucket, she jumped backwards and forwards and kicked the bucket over. i have been using a deep rubber feed pan, since it wont hurt/scare her as much if she knocks it over. we started first with no water in the pan. since the knocking over of the dish, she just would not stand still in it. shes fine now, but last night she was very iffy about me going to pick her feet up, and backed up when ever i went for it
how would you go about handling this? how do you teach your horse to accept this?