Horse Hoof Treatment: Duct Tape and a Diaper


| 3/12/2010 2:16:30 PM



Red Pine Mountain logo“All you need is duct tape and a diaper,” so said my vet as he finished draining Khrysta’s hoof abscess. “Just soak the hoof twice a day for 15 minutes and then wrap it up. The easiest thing to do is use a disposable diaper to wrap the hoof and then duct tape it.”

Hmm, duct tape and diapers. Not the first thing that comes to mind, but, hey, I’ve been missing that time of my life so what the heck. Horse, baby, whatever. I’ll just enjoy the experience of having tiny diapers in the house even if it is for a 1,200 pound equine.

Off went Mountain Man to the drugstore to purchase the needed supplies. I was very explicit with my instructions. “Buy newborn diapers, not those toddler things; newborn or preemie diapers. Remember her hoof is about the size of a newborn baby’s bottom. And, if you can find ones that are pink colored, that’s even better.”

Mountain Man gave me a strange look but never one to shirk any assigned task, off he went.

I had visions of him standing in a vast aisle of baby supplies looking lost and a clerk asking him if he needed help. I can hear it now.



“May I help you?”

Mountain Woman
3/14/2010 2:39:44 PM

Cindy, :-) Yes, she's all better. This happened last spring. She rested about 5 or 6 weeks and now she's as good as new and as cranky and feisty as ever. Thanks for asking!!


Cindy Murphy
3/14/2010 9:58:02 AM

Hi, Mountain Woman. Your story is proof what I've always suspected - that kids can sometimes act just like animals, and vice-versa. In this example, it shows neither can hold still long enough to get a diaper on them! Hope Khrysta's hoof is well on its way to being mended. Cindy


Mountain Woman
3/14/2010 7:59:24 AM

Rodeo Princess, Brown Horse must be a handful. I can just see it now, just like Khrysta. This is my first horse at home and my first horse since I was a teen so I've been a nervous, worried Mom and I also didn't count on how much more cautious I've gotten as my bones are aging. I don't really want to get kicked so I dance around her and that doesn't help. It takes a lot of bravery I think to cope with horses. Thanks so much for the tips. They are really helpful and if she gets another one of these stone bruises, I'll use your suggestions. Thanks for dropping by :-)