March 2, 2018
Welcome mud season! As winter coats get slicked off, don’t neglect your horse’s feet. Winter shoes plus mud = thrush and abscesses.
9 Best ways to keep your horse’s feet in tip-top shape
- Pick out feet twice daily, preferably right after the stall has been cleaned and right after they come in from turn-out. For outdoor horses, twice daily, just like brushing your teeth!
- Trim hair along the coronary band so this area can be bathed and dried easily.
- Have your farrier trim the frog to make it easier to pick out the foot.
- Treat thrush immediately with products like Kopertox and Thrush Buster. Deep sulci can be packed with Mal-a-Ket wipes and Penicillin ointments like Dry Clox.
- If your horse lives outside, create a clean area with mats where they like to eat or nap to get them out of the mud for a few hours a day.
- Extra shavings in the stall can help dry out the feet. Shredded paper works great, while sawdust tends to trap moisture in the foot.
- Abscesses can come on quickly. Make sure you have a ready supply of Epsom salts, a low rubber feed tub or soaking boot, diapers, vetwrap and duct tape. Animlintex Poultice Pad Sheet or Pre-cut Pads work well to provide a long acting soak for uncooperative horses or busy owners!
- Magnapaste and Icthammol help harden the foot post-abscess. Magic cushion provides some pain relief and soft support.
- Keep manure piles out of paddocks to decrease ground bacteria. 9 Ways to