The Smart Way to Wrap Your Horse’s Hoof
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The Smart Way to Wrap Your Horse’s Hoof

August 18, 2019

Hi, I’m Danvers. I’m the Hoof Health Consultant
here at SmartPak. Today we’re going to talk about wrapping hooves. One of the things that you’ll want to do is
to choose all your materials and get them handy, so that you don’t have to drop it and go look
for something. What I’m using now is an Animalintex poultice,
this would be one of the products that you might choose for packing a foot that had some sort of infection
or abcess that you wanted to make sure was drawn out. This particular pad is cut to hoof size and,
in this case, I’m cutting it down smaller to make sure that we have it to fit this foot. I like to use an Elastikon and come around
the foot with the Elastikon first, especially if I’m going to wet the material
or use a wet material. If I get this on first, I’m not going to have
to fight with it at a later point. I take my packing material and insert it. That Elastikon will hold that in and then
I can come over the top of that with my duct tape pad that I’ve already got
established. At that point, I can make another wrap with
the Elastikon or I can go straight to the duct tape depending on the conditions. In this case, we’re going to go straight to
the duct tape. I’m going to come around and make two passes, ensuring that I stay off of the sensitive
areas of the hoof. I’ve stayed away from the bulbs, away from
the hairline. I’ve got a little tag here that I’ll go ahead
and cut off. I don’t think it would get into the hair line,
but we’ll make sure that it doesn’t. At this point, I’ve got a functional wrap
and I can reinforce it as need be. When you’re using duct tape, I find that horse’s
will tend to paw, and I like to reinforce that toe with at least
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an uncooperative horse or just an uncomfortable horse, one of the better ways to approach this is to actually start out with your duct tape
taped to the stall wall the aisle, whatever. Go ahead and have it layered and ready. Peel it off, put it on, then do your wrap. Much more convenient that way. But you’re
much more likely to miscalculate and get it into the hairline, as I’ve done
right here. In that case, you’ll want to take that section,
move it away from the hair line, make sure you have no area of that that is
going to impede with sensitive tissue. You can tear it off or you can cut it off.

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