Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:57 PM
Obviously the draining didn't help...so I'm wondering if there's any cures or remedies that help reduce shoe boils????
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:08 PM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:14 PM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:20 PM
It's really only noticeable when he's clipped. (Ignore his slight ribbyness and dull freshly clipped coat)
Edited by -half halt-, 01 May 2009 - 10:22 PM.
Posted 02 May 2009 - 07:23 AM
Don't put DMSO on an open cut. It will burn for HOURS AND HOURS.
Give them what they want until they don't want it any more.....
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 08:53 AM
Thats what I did. My mare gets them if she has shoes or not. The only way I was able to get them to stay away was leave her on deep bedding. Both sand and shavings have worked for me.
Posted 02 May 2009 - 10:40 AM
When I think of bed sores, I think of a horse that has gone down a level in health, may be slightly underweight from some other problem and is lying down more than usual. Usually, its the point of hock that gets it first...it being the pivot point of departure from the ground when a horse stands up. I'm thinking that the elbow gets a good grinding into the ground when the horse extends his front legs to get up. Both of these places have to be the hardest places to wrap and protect. How do you keep these donuts in place? I'm imagining some kind of elbow bra?
I've had a small success wrapping a hock loosely with a pillow wrap, with another pillow wrap and bandage on the cannon below it...funnel-like. The sore was open to the air, but the thickness of the padding offset the pivot point away from the sore.
The elbow, though, I can see it taking more of a beating from watching Hero these days. He's got the beginnings of bed sores on his elbows. I think lying down is not a comfortable thing for a horse....that he'd rather be ready to run away and lying down puts him at a disadvantage in that respect, mentally. He also brings himself upright and down a lot, trying to get comfortable, like rolling on his elbows. Then he puts his front feet out thinking about getting up, (elbows digging in) then his front hooves remind him of what he's going to be feeling when he does stand up, so he'll roll over on his side and buy more time. So there's a lot of restlessness going on with elbows grinding and digging and I'm thinking that it doesn't matter so much which side he's lying on at the time either. I'm also thinking that the elbows get it a lot more than the hock, yet the hock sore always appears first.
They appeared when he was too sore to walk, too thin to put up with outside weather. I had him on a full 12" of shavings. I found that with his mincing steps, he was banking the shavings up along the walls, leaving nothing for padding when he laid down....so much for that idea. But I'm thinking that its not so much the thickness of that bedding, but the abrasiveness of it and the shavings is very abrasive, plus the hardness of the floor. I did put straw on top of shavings with a similar situation years ago and that helped, but sure was a pain to clean the stall.
He has since improved and as luck would have it, its spring and the ground is soft. He's outside now and the advantages of it are like night and day. He immediately shed his mental depression and became a new horse. He's all over that field, working his new trim. He's running! His bed sores are healing. He's gaining weight. He's on his feet more, constantly moving forward. (when he came, and I put him on grass, his front feet would stay stationery, while he turned a circle with his hind quarters, then backed up a step and did another circle) I recently had to put him inside because the weather was really bad, and overnight, the bed sores popped up again. Soooo fast!
My motto is that the best way to treat a bed sore is to avoid it entirely....if you can.
Are the pellets roly poly and get shoved away?
One other thing that I noticed, was that he was lying down at a certain spot/corner, so I banked the shavings well on that corner to help insure that he didn't get cast. He seemed to gravitate to it more after that. I think the upright support made it more comfortable for him when he was down...kinda like taking the load off his lungs by propping himself up with a pillow....still doesn't help with the grinding, though I saw less squirming with discomfort.
Also, I put hay out for him in the same spot outside, so he can temper the grass input at his discretion. He's eating less and less of it every day, but he's going there to sleep on that pile of hay every time, regardless of the soft ground and the fact that he is blanketed. Hmmm.
Edited by missyclare, 02 May 2009 - 10:41 AM.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 11:46 PM
Rubber matts are well worth the expense and one does not need to bed that deep with shavings
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