getting young horse to accept having her feet soaked?

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    01-13-2011, 01:47 PM
Exclamation 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 don't 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. She's 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?
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    01-13-2011, 01:57 PM
Davis soaking boot. That's the answer. No pan, no water spillage, no slipping and falling, or any problems like that.
    01-13-2011, 01:58 PM
I would take some time to get her comfortable with you having complete control of her foot. My girls [18 and 2] will let me hold any foot any way I want. I set their feet down, I can rest their toe on the ground but still have their foot.

Grab her foot with no bucket in sight, hold it and encourage her to relax. See if you can get her to relax her toe straight down, stretch her legs a bit, etc.

ETA: To the above, isn't that ignoring the problem though? I want my horses to be comfortable doing anything I could need to ask them to do.
    01-13-2011, 02:25 PM
Since it's winter - I would stay with the warm compress.

Why the SMZ? Is there an infection?
    01-13-2011, 04:32 PM
Thanks Ricci- that's a good plan. And I am short enough money to purchase a boot anyway lol. Id like for her to be able to be soaked in a bucket/pan anyway, just so she knows that its acceptable.

As for the compress, wouldnt it not really matter if she is soaked/compressed in the winter time? She is still getting her foot wet. (i only fill up the bucket to a little higher than the wound, but it is a really valid point! She is inside at night and would only be soaked at night- but it is still cold in the barn!

As for the SMZ-shes got some proud flesh going on, and it is right on her coronet band, I don't really want to mess around with it. My vet said to go a head, since I had a bottle on hand. More of a precautionary means, I suppose.

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