Summer is here in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere! And even though most northerners are enjoying sunny days and a warm breeze, others are still feeling one specific symptom of early spring… loads and loads of MUD.
Sure, a muddy paddock is frustrating and hard to work with, especially since our horses take every opportunity to roll in the muddiest spots…
But mud really becomes a problem when it comes to keeping our horse's feet healthy.
We all know healthy feet equal a happy horse (and a happier owner!).
So what do you do when your main mount comes up lame or starts to walk like they broke something? You panic, assume the worst, and call a horse health professional pronto to have them evaluated.
It makes sense. They've been standing in quite a bit of moisture for days, maybe even weeks and there's not a lot you can do about it. Its farm life at its best.
Typically, an abscess can be easily treated with the help of a professional, lots of TLC and attention, loads of vet wrap, packing and repacking the wound… and a dry paddock.
Raise your hand if you have a dry paddock.
Right now, we don't know a lot of people who are battling mud and have a dry spot for their horse to simply be a horse. So we wouldn't be surprised if you're wondering, "How can I keep my horse's hoof dry after an abscess?".
After releasing the pressure from your horse's hoof, you have two options. Either soak the hoof in a bucket of warm water then wrap it and dress it again for the 10th time OR drain the abscess, clean the area, dry, dress, and wrap it and keep it that way for weeks.
Since moisture got us here in the first place, the second option sounds like a great idea.
You're probably not keen on keeping your horse stabled 24/7 and are looking for a way to keep them out as much as possible. Traditional rehab boots crossed your mind… but they're a chore to get on and KEEP on. Plus all the vet wrap in the world can't withstand typical horse behavior for days on end, let alone weeks.
Let me save you the "abscess rehab" headache and show you how Scoot Boots are fantastic tools when rehabbing an abscess.
How do Scoot Boots help my horses feet stay dry and heal?
- Dress the abscess as recommended by your horse health provider.
- Cover the entire operation with a moisture-wicking sock or duct tape (whichever you prefer).
- Locate a suitable size Scoot Boot.
- Slide it on & ensure a proper fit.
And that's it!
Now you've got a nice durable outer coating to protect your horse's hoof and a bit of softness underneath that foot. Sure, you can check it daily, but you don't have to.
Scoot Boots are made to keep your horse comfortable with an open toe, plus the lightweight design doesn't put pressure on the pedal bone and can stay on the hoof for weeks. And because they're specifically designed to keep moisture away through constant ventilation, Scoot Boots doesn’t cause the hoof to sweat and won't promote bacteria build up. They also save you heaps of cash in vet wrap costs!
So while your horse is busy munching grass, standing, sleeping and doing normal horsey things, Scoot Boots will continue doing a fantastic job protecting the sore hoof and keeping your horse happy.
So if an abscess plagues your main mount, you can breathe a little easier. Scoot Boots is the simple answer to helping them heal comfortably while happily horsing around with their friends. They will be back in business before you know it.