Hoof Problems: Part 2; Treatment & Wrapping the Hoof

If your horse has an abscess or soft soles, you will need to protect the hoof by wrapping it, and poultice it to draw out any infection/toughen the sole. When an abscess is present, it’s very very very (VERY) important to make sure the hoof is clean before wrapping. Soaking the Hoof (Abscess Only) To do this you can soak the hoof in a shallow pan of water and Epsom salts. I usually put in 2 cups of Epsom salts and 3-4 inches of water in the pan/tub. I find plastic ground feeding tubs the best for soaking. If your horse has bruised soles, you don’t want to soak the hoof as this will soften it even more. Make sure the water is room temperature. Your horse probably won’t like standing with his foot in a bucket, so be ready for him/her to leap out of the bucket and splash water every where. You might want to hold the horse on a lead rope the first few times! NOTE: In winter, soak the hoof in a clean, dry stall so you don’t have ice forming in the aisle if your horse knocks the bucket over!  What You’ll Need  A mixing bucket (for bruised soles) Iodine Sugar (for bruised soles) Duct Tape Diapers VetWrap Scissors Diapers (I used Newborn size)     Step 1: Dry and Clean the Hoof If you have bruised soles/soft soles and therefore haven’t soaked the hoof, you’ll still need to clean the hoof out before wrapping Continue Reading →

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Hoof Problems: Part 1; Soft Soles & Abscesses

Most horse owners have been there… You go out to ride your horse, and he/she limps into the barn like their leg is broken, barely putting weight on the limb. You immediately assume the worse, and start your detailed check of the limb for heat/swelling… but there is none! You move down to the hoof and sure enough, there is heat/bruising in the hoof. Assuming there isn’t anything lodged in the hoof, you’re probably looking at an abscess. If you have recently ridden on a gravel road/hard ground, you may also be looking at softening of the soles. How to tell the difference: What you’ll need: – Hoof testers – Hands capable of noting temperature differences – Hoof pick with brush Step 1: Clean the hoof out thoroughly using your hoof pick & brush. You may want to lightly soak the hoof in a small pan of water to really clean it out, so you know what you’re looking at. Step 2: Look for any bruising/discolouration in the hoof. It is usually spread out, coming from the frog (the most sensative part of the hoof).             Step 3: Check for temperature differences in the hoof. If there is spread out bruising and the sole seems warm to the touch, you’re probably looking at bruised & soft soles. Bruised/Soft soles will “give” when you press down on the sole with your hand. If there is no bruise, or a small bruise, but a temperature difference in Continue Reading →

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Gamble is Back! Win in Training Sr. Division at Twisted Pine

As part of Gamble’s progression back into full competition, I felt it would be a good idea to do a couple of lower level events — ideally with some new fences to get him back into “brave” mode.  So we went to Twisted Pine this weekend to do a Training Level event.  There wasn’t a lot of competition — there was only one other person in Training Sr. division.  But her name is Kelly List, who is a 3* Eventer, so while there wasn’t much competition, Kelly certainly provided an excellent quality of competition — so much so that I’d already written-off my chances of winning. But as it turned out, my dressage test went very well and I ended up just a smidge ahead of Kelly.  And, in fact, I ended up with the high Training Level dressage score of the day (I was also higher than the 3 junior riders, who I never take for granted) with a score of 75.48%.  I’ve never had as good a test score.  See the test here: Dressage Test – Twisted Pine Horse Trials – Training Division – Bruce and Gamble – September 21, 2014 Next was Stadium Jumping.  We had to warm up quite a ways from the Stadium course which was held in their arena.  Holding Stadium in the arena was a good decision because it poured buckets earlier in the morning and the footing could have been an issue.  The downside was that the arena was very tight.  I watched Continue Reading →

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Eventing Memes!

Here’s a collection of eventing memes Just for laughs!

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Off Track Eventing: Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over

Welcome to Off Track Eventing! This website is dedicated to the (horse) trials and tribulations of an eventer and their dedicated groom who are tied together by their admiration of Off The Track Thoroughbreds (well, that and their family tree). Follow the blogs of Bruce Lamb (Eventer) and Kate Veinot (Dedicated Groom & Recreational Rider), enjoy interviews & audit reports with top clinicians, and articles containing valuable lessons learned during their adventures! Not everyone gets it right the first time, including our ex-race horses. We’re willing to share our adventures with the world so we can learn from each other’s successes and mistakes (mostly that of the later on this site). We hope you enjoy, discuss, laugh, and ride on!

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