21 Feb I Wrap Hooves like a Champ
So Misty is recovering from a rather large abscess that burst with a vengeance out of her RH. Well, after the vet dug it out, of course.
At first, I wasn’t sure Misty was actually abscessing as I’ve had her 3 ½ years and the only other time she’s abscessed was 6 weeks after I got her…and that was as a result of semi-throwing her racing shoes on her second day home and stepping on a nail.
I thought maybe she had twisted something on the frozen ground because, although her lower leg was swollen, she was still sound…and then she was just a little off…then a little more…then…you know? I think she’s abscessing! Enter diapers…and duct tape…and vetrap (pronounced like “vet wrap,” not “vet trap,” as I pronounced it as a stupid kid)…and Ichthammol…and hot water…and Epsom salts.
I wrapped Misty for a few days before I had the vet out, (but I was tired of watching her limp – figured the vet could speed up the process a little)…and since the hole was pretty big (about the size of a nickel and very deep), my vet suggested I keep it wrapped for another week so it would stay clean and could continue draining.
First, I have to give props to Misty – she’s the BEST patient ever! She stood so perfectly still in her cross ties as I soaked her for 20 minutes and picked at/cleaned what must be an awfully painful little hole! Then she continued to stand while I wrapped her hoof with a baby diaper.
|Ichthammol – sticky, gooey, and dark brown…ick.|
Second, I have to give props to myself…I’m a Master Wrapper. After I’ve soaked her hoof in hot water and Epsom salts, I set it down on a clean towel and let it dry. Then I smear the Ichthammol on her actual hoof and inside the diaper. (Note – this is the ONLY time I ever want to see anything dark brown smeared inside a baby diaper – gag!). Then I wrap her hoof in the diaper and use duct tape to secure the top. Then around and around I go with the vetrap…then more duct tape…especially at the toe which is on the ground the most since the poor thing keeps it cocked up, almost dragging it.
|Misty prefers vetrap in blue or pink.|
How do you know if you’re a Master Wrapper? Is the wrap still on in the morning? Yes?! Woo!
Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of my magnificent creation since I am the last person on earth who does not have a smart phone…so no camera. So just use your imagination. Give me a diaper and a horse hoof, and I will give you art!
|The main ingredient.|
So all this happened about a week ago…and Misty is still on the mend, but not completely ride-able yet…which makes perfect sense because the weather has been amazing and unseasonably fantastic for this time of year. Figures. But at least my girl is improving.