There are many reasons you may need to pack a hoof. Your horse could have a missing shoe. Your horse could also have an abcess, stone bruise, or your horse worked quite hard on bad footing, or just has sore feet. Be sure that you involve your Veterinarian at the beginning of any hoof distress, as you want to rule out laminitis, which might look like something else.
The easiest way to pack a hoof is to have all things you need close by before you start.
The Hoof Wrap Bandage comes with pads.
First, clean and brush out the hoof and grooves. The "plan" is to use the diaper to hold the packing material on the hoof. The easiest way to get your hoof packing material on is to use the diaper’s soft inside to scoop out the packing from the jar. Then just slap the diaper on the hoof.
You may not want to use a diaper. Or you may just want to use the diaper’s middle. Or you may just want to use the Hoof Wraps pad to be the barrier between the packing material and the Hoof Wraps Bandage.
If your horse is missing a shoe, use the pad to secure the hoof packing material so that his legs are even again.
You can prepare the diaper before you even lift a leg. You don't have to be perfect here. The weight of your horse will smear the packing material around once you get the pack secured.
So, your diaper/gauze stack/rolled cotton is loaded with your hoof packing material of choice. The hoof is clean, the diaper or pad is applies, then use your Hoof Wrap bandage and your hoof packing will stay put.
How Do Epsom Salts Work?
Epsom salts, available at most tack shops, feed stores, and pharmacies, is magnesium sulfate. It’s chunkier than regular salt, and dissolves easily in water. In the horse world, epsom salts are commonly used for helping to treat a hoof abscess. When epsom salts get wet, the absorb moisture, which is the “drawing out” part of treating an abscess.
Ichthammol is a dark and sticky black salve that draws out infections. It’s made of a base ingredient, like beeswax or paraffin, mixed with sulfur rich shale. The shale starts as sedimentary rock, and through a series of steps becomes an oil of which ichthammol is made.
Horse Hoof Anatomy - The Frog
When you look at the horse’s hoof in great detail, there’s a lot more going on than just the sole, wall, and what’s inside. The frog has some critical functions in the hoof as well as the rest of the horse.
The frog is the spongy triangular shaped tissue on the hoof bottom. The apex, or pointy part, points to the front of the hoof. The base is wider and extends out the back of the hoof. The hoof’s center of gravity is at the approximate apex of the frog.