This is a really effective and cost efficient way of treating lower limb injuries such as bruising or swelling and drawing abscesses and foreign bodies from the lower limb and foot. To be effective each treatment must last at least 15 minutes and be carried out several times a day. It is made easier if your horse is quiet and happy to stand with his foot in a bucket. Cold tubbing can be used in place of cold hosing!
Tip: For cold tubbing add ice cubes to help keep the water chilled - but not so many it looks like he has a part in Titanic!
* If your horse will tie up and stand quietly that's brilliant, but if not you need to get the help of an assistant.
* The foot must be picked out, thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned. Do not put a dirty foot in a bucket of clean water!
* Make sure your bucket is the thick rubber variety, not plastic which may shatter and split, potentially causing further injury and maybe even worrying your horse. Half fill the bucket with hand hot water.
Tip: Removing the handle from the bucket will prevent the risk of your horse getting his leg caught, should he panic or knock the bucket over.
* Add one handful of Epsom Salts to increase drawing properties. Swirl the salts round to help dissolve them.
* Place the horse's affected foot carefully into the water; allow him to feel the water first. DO NOT just drop the foot straight into the bucket, taking him by surprise. If he is a little reluctant or nervous, quietly reassure and keep trying until he is happy to place his foot into the bucket.
* If hot poulticing, regularly check the water temperature. Gently remove the horse's foot when adding hot water to bring back to the required temperature. Check the temperature before placing his foot back into the bucket.
Tip: Put a large towel down where you want your horse to place his clean foot to ensure it stays clean.
* Immerse for a minimum of 15 minutes, several times a day.
REMEMBER TO DRY HEELS THROUGHLY TO AVOID SORE OR CRACKED HEELS.
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