Cheap Easy Hoof Wrap
As if we hadn’t had enough equine medical issues with Ink and with Moxie, Squidy wanted to get some attention of her own. She had a relatively minor laceration on her heel bulb that needed to be bandaged for a few days. The initial bandage was a sturdy serious whole lower leg pressure bandage applied by the vet, but after a couple days I was to change to a light wrap just to keep the area clean. The vet wanted her turned out and moving around, so she needed a sturdy wrap on the bottom of the hoof that wouldn’t wear through quickly. Usually this involves using a whole roll of Elastikon ($$) and/or duct tape ($), and a lot of time and frustration if you’re not accustomed to doing it already. With daily bandage changes, you can go through quite a bit of tape (and money) doing it that way.
My idea was simple and has worked perfectly. I cleaned the hoof and applied No Thrush powder around the frog since the boot would be on for a while and isn’t breathable. Then I cleaned the wound and applied ointment as directed, then carefully wrapped a diaper around the back of the foot and pastern. I then used vet wrap to keep it in place, wrapping fairly tightly around the hoof and loosely around the pastern to prevent pressure points or rubs on the skin, making sure some diaper material was sticking out around the top to avoid vet wrap pressing directly on the skin. This method only takes about a third to a half of a roll of vet wrap, perhaps more if you have to wrap the whole hoof, but since I just needed the heel bulbs bandaged I skipped the toe of the hoof. Then here is the amazing part – just slide on an original Easyboot (no gaiter that goes up the pastern) and fasten it. Done! Cheap and easy! I think this would work really well for poulticing or bandaging a hoof abscess also.
This bandage takes about 1 minute to apply and costs a fraction of what typical hoof wraps cost in material. Of course that is if you already have the hoof boot on hand, but even if you have to purchase one, they come in handy and are nice to have around anyway. They also make a great spare tire for a lost shoe on a trail ride or as temporary protection until the farrier gets there to reset the shoe.