Your horse has a puffy leg, a sore hoof, or you just finished a hard workout. Poultice can be a great choice when your horse has some mild aches, pains, or swelling. It can also help act as a preventative after a hard ride. How do you know what poultice to use, and how should you apply it?
Poultice is a topical treatment applied directly to the limb, and is usually a base of wet clay. It is typically used for:
Poultice is applied in a thick layer (1/4 inch+), then typically wrapped with a stable/standing bandage. If your horse has no access to stall, using a bandage ontop of the poultice is not recommended.
As you noticed above, poultice can be used for both hot and cold therapy. When do you apply cold, and when do you use heat?
There are many ingredients offered in poultices. What do they do, and what ingredients should you look for?
Poultice has many uses, and is an important tool in any horse owner's supplies. If you are concerned about your horse's soundness, or you have a specific question on topical treatments for your horse, ask your vet. I hope this post will give you some insight on when to use poultice, and what ingredients to look for.
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