Great hoof care is essential to keeping your horse sound! No hoof no horse. I have a true and trusted way to kill even the worst case of thrush. I teach not only how to pack hooves with mud, but how to make the poultice. Rubbing Corona on a coronet band to promote hoof growth; great new hooves! Keeping track coronet band soft helps absorb shock before it hits the joints.
As with everything there is a right way and a wrong way to put medicine in a horses eye. I'll show you a great way!
This Arabian stallion Prince had a very serious cut on his pastern. It even nicked ligaments. The Vet said it could take up to a year to heal, and he would have a bad scar. I healed that cut in three months, with no scar!! This is the same treatment I use to heal cracked heels.
This is almost a lost art, running a Spider Bandage on a horse’s knee. This bandage run right doesn't slip or bind behind the knee. They are easy to make and pretty easy to run when you learn how.
The polo bandage is meant for some support, but mostly for protection during training.
After a physical workout I recommend rubbing the horse's legs with liniment. In this video I show the proper proportion of diluting liniment with alcohol, because liniment used every day can cause a negative reaction on the skin, especially white legs. So solving that side effect we mix alcohol with it. Then rub vigorously, and if you choose, wrapping it with a standing bandage (quilt & bandage).
Geldings and Stallions get very dirty sheaths and beans in the cavity around the urethra. This can lead to kidney issues and the beans can get so big that they can interfere with urinating. It can make a horse very cranky because it hurts. They need cleaning once a year without fail.
Putting a FURAZONE/DMSO sweat on a swollen ankle or knee is a age old proven way to get the swelling out in a 12-24 hour time frame. I teach how to run the standing bandage and apply the sweat correctly.
I learned from an old timer at the racetrack how grooms rubbed a horse to a beautiful shine without sprays or baths. By using a rubber curry , a stiff brush, a medium brush, a soft brush, and most important, a rub rag, you can bring the dirt to the surface and brush it off. This method brings the natural oils out. Not only that, it gives the horse a full body massage!
This is a short but very informative lesson in the different leg parts of the horse. It's a great quick reference.
I had a reputation on the racetrack for running beautiful bandages. I am an expert at this. I was taught by an expert!
We used the trace bandage daily for horses that needed support for their legs, because the alternative is vet wrap, and that can get very expensive if you’re doing that every day. They are washable and need no pins or tape.
At the racetrack, we always packed all four hooves with poultice or homemade mud (poultice) after a strenuous workout or race. The hooves are so susceptible to bruising and abscesses. Packing them with poultice draws out heat and pain as it drys out.
People have been wrapping horse's legs with a quilt and a non stretch bandage for decades. I take you through step by step how to do this properly.
The difference between a pulled mane and a cut mane is like night and day. Pulling a mane thins it out, while shortening it, and gives you a natural look. I used to make a lot of money pulling manes on the racetrack!
This is some of the tack and equipment we use on racehorse.
The cold-water bandage is pulled out of ice water, rolled up and thrown on ice cold right after a strenuous work-out to cool a horse’s legs. I call it “Prevent Defense”! This post-work-out-care is important for keeping a horse sound.
Check out this great vid
Vitals and inspection for injuries video. We describe the normal numbers of heart rate, respiration and temperatures for the different age groups. Then we show how to look the horse over, searching for any injuries. This is a short but very informative video.