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.
The horse’s hoof is an amazing structure, with layers and layers of tissue and function. The hoof wall is the barrier between the bones inside, as well as the soft tissue structures that hold your horse up!
The hoof wall is a changing structure, as is grows about 6 to 9mm a month. In a year’s time, most horses will have totally regrown their hoof wall. The majority of tissue in the hoof wall is keratin, and it’s about 25% water. If your horse is shod, the horse shoe nails go through the hoof wall.
In some parts of the county, the frozen ground is a welcome occurrence! Bugs are gone, snow might be coming, and the earth gets a time to rest. BUT - you horse’s hooves might not appreciate it so much.
Frozen ground is wickedly hard - harder than any concrete or asphalt road. It also likes to freeze rocks into place, creating little spikes in the ground. Your horse won’t be able to kick them out of the way, so tripping is a risk, as are nasty bruises from landing on one of those - even at the walk.
It’s almost inevitable that at some point, your horse will need his hooves soaked or iced. Common reasons for soaking a horse’s hoof include an abscess, white line treatment, or even icing for hoof bruises or laminitis. The best way to get this done is also the easiest way - with a Soaker Sack.