June 16, 2008
The Secret Answer to Hoof Soaking Nightmares
Here is a must-have item for your equine medical box!
If you have ever had to soak one of your donkey or mule's hooves in a bucket or pan, you know what a nightmare it can be! If you are lucky enough to get that hoof into the bucket of water without a rodeo, you know it probably won't be more than 3 seconds before that hoof is out of the bucket again or the bucket is tipped over and spilled across the floor. How frustrating!
Several years ago I bought a Davis Boot Horse Hoof Treatment Boot, and I would never again try to treat hoof abscesses or soak a hoof without one of these. I highly recommend them. They are worth every penny of the $30 or so that you will spend on one.
I'd recommend you measure your donkey's hooves before going to buy one, and make sure you get one big enough to fit your donkey's hoof into the top of the boot.
I believe my Davis Boot is a size 2. It fits onto all of my mammoth donkeys' hooves. It has a big enough opening to get their hoof in without too much fuss. The boot fits very loose around their hoof once their hoof is inside.
Once their hoof is inside the boot, simply pull the nylon strap tight around the top. This holds the top shut enough so the boot won't slide off, but make sure it's not so tight it is uncomfortable around their ankle.
Once the boot is on and strap tight, just pour your Epson Salt water or hoof soak into the top of the boot. Your donkey may shake her foot around a few times at first, but will soon figure out that the boot still stays on, and will settle down. This is a good time to feed your donkey while they are standing still for their soak. Stay with your donkey while the boot is on so that you can straighten it if your donkey tries to walk, and the boot turns around crooked.
I don't use the Therapeutic Pads that are advertised with these boots. My boot just has rubber in the bottom. This makes it easy to clean after each use.
Get one of these boots, and next time you have to soak a hoof, you won't have to dread it!
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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at June 16, 2008 06:43 PM