So. What’s your poison? When you have so many options to choose from to alleviate any number of hoof conditions and maladies, how do you decide which to use for what?
When nobody has any heel bruises, I like to use Absorbine’s Hooflex. And that alone pretty much takes care of the healthy hoof.
However, recently I have gone through a litany of goops for Eli’s right front (which he does not like for me to pick up and mess with at his point … can’t imagine why). Based on initial conclusions of an abscess, I packed for days with Epsom salt paste. It’s toxic radioactive sludge green and has the consistency of phlegm. Once it was clear the bruise had decided to surface rather than abscess, I switched to packing with Magic Cushion. That only lasted a day …. the Magic Cushion seemed to make Eli’s heel … angry … I switched to Forshner’s for a few days (which is still my favorite for run-of-the-mill hoof packing). I also started applying Corona daily to his heel bulbs and coronary band on the RF.
At this point, my trainer suggested checking with the vet for something to “toughen” Eli’s heel and sole, which brings me to Sole Paint for 3 days and today will be day 3 of Durasole.
I switched because a) Sole Paint makes me paranoid and b) Durasole is cheaper. Either product must be handled with care and cannot be used on skin — they both contain formaldehyde. Just to clarify, I am not paranoid about Sole Paint because of it’s composition, I just think it hardens the sole REALLY fast, almost too much. So I didn’t want to use it for long. It’s magical, though, for sure. I won’t be using the Durasole daily for very much longer because I don’t think it will be necessary, but it seems like a handy thing to have on hand in case we have a typical Texas crappy, wet winter.