Wrapping hooves, though? I am a freaking professional at wrapping hooves.
First, gather your supplies.
|Treats, Epsom salts, duct tape, and diapers - size two for my girl.|
Next, get equine.
|If the equine looks like this, apply the first ingredient!|
|There we go!|
Then take the duct tape and make a quasi basket-weave mat out of it.
|Starts like this.|
|Ends up like this!|
Then you take the diaper and put Epsom salts in the butt end and add a little water. I tried taking pictures of this but they didn't really turn out, but I trust you can figure that out. Next, I take the woven duct tape and stick it on the side of my thigh for easy grabbin. Then pick up the hoof and get to wrapping. This is where it REALLY HELPS if you can hold your horse's hoof with your legs like the farrier does. If you can't do this already, practice it. Get your farrier to show you how so you do it safely and correctly. You're going to need both hands to handle the diaper and the duct tape. Put the diaper on the hoof, with the Epsom salts concentrated wherever the bruise or abscess or whatever is, if you can. Then take the woven duct tape and put it over the hoof, like so:
Next, put several layers of duct tape over the toe, because if she's gonna walk through the boot, it's going to be through the toe. I don't like to wrap all the way around the hoof too much, partly because it uses a lot of tape and also because I worry about squeezing the heel. So when you do take a couple of passes all the way around the hoof for security, try to keep that in mind. I also do another layer or two over the sole as reinforcement. I use about 1/4 of a roll of duct tape each time I do this - I don't want to be skimpy and risk her losing it and making the whole process pointless.
Lex seemed a LOT better today. Either the bruise was feeling better or the abscess ruptured, but her digital pulses were still elevated, so I wrapped it again just to be sure. I didn't see anywhere the abscess busted out. I'm gonna just keep doing what I'm doing for now, to be sure that whatever's going on is better. Even if she doesn't need the Epsom salt solution in the diaper, I'm going dry-wrap it until Saturday morning, when she moves to the new barn. Her hoof is so soft now from all the soaking that I bet she'd get an abscess immediately if I turned her out barefoot. So, she's gonna stay booted until she gets in a stall for awhile.
And that reminds me: Yes, we're definitely moving. I told the barn owner, and I was all afraid of hurting her feelings. I told her that the other place offered me a good deal and has a jumper ring, and she was like, "Awesome! Just don't stop working here, please!" I set her mind at ease on that score, as I certainly need the money. So Regina is going to come get her on Saturday morning. I'm looking forward to getting settled into the new digs!
What medical procedure have you mastered?