I was administering a new poultice to Little Joe's front right hoof abscess this morning, when the dog started barking and two goats ran under him. The next thing I knew, I was laid out. Another word of advice: never let your guard down. When something happens, it can happen in an instant.
Too late for me. But I did have a long session with Little Joe after that so he learns to respect my space. He'll need a few more.
The poultice I made for him consists of an air-activated heat pad, Nitrofurazone, Epsom salts, a wash cloth, diaper and duct tape. I do have a boot for him, but this is so thick, it doesn't fit in the boot.
I cut the wash cloth and diaper to the size of the heating pad and then stirred the Nitrofurazone and Epsom salts together to make a paste. I packed the sole with the paste and covered it with the wash cloth, then the heating pad, then the diaper, and finally covered it all in duct tape.
The reasoning behind this poultice is it's difficult to keep a horse's hoof in warm water and salt for long enough to draw out the infection. This particular poultice, however, keeps the heat applied for approximately 8 hours.
Little Joe has been very worried about losing his girlfriend, Foxy, and that is why he wasn't thinking when he overreacted to the goats. He has also been dropping weight with his anxiety and pacing. Since he has foundered, putting that weight back on posed a challenge, so I turned to Rebecca for advice. She recommended an Equine Senior that uses beet pulp as its main forage and a product called Super Weight Gain.
The Equine Senior is one I've always used by Aslin Finch.
**Update: I just now looked out the window and saw Little Joe had found a way to open the gate and get out with the herd. They all look peaceful, so I'm going to let them be. What an escape artist. There's no end of surprises today.