I think I always buy newborn diapers. But I remember going through some leftover size 2s that I had from one of my kids and those worked just fine too. From a $$ perspective, the smaller sizes are generally cheaper (and you get more to a pack), so I say stick to those
ETA: I use the NB size on my large horses with feet that range from size 2 (17h TB) to size 4 (17h WB). Haven't ever had a diaper that seemed too small.
Last edited by PNWjumper; Mar. 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM.
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My size 2 hoof TB is a newborn diaper wearer. The brand I bought had double layers and the inner elastic perfectly hugs the outside of his hoof to stay in place while I fumble and drop pieces of duct tape all over. At least the brand I had would be too small for larger hooves - I'd go for the next size up if buying for my WB filly.
My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.
Originally Posted by katarine
If you have a fat gay horse that likes Parelli, you're really screwed
I have no real answer for you, but I DO have an amusing tale to tell.
I dealt with my first abscess when I was probably about 16 or 17. I was COMPLETELY clueless and unprepared (seriously thought my horse had broken his leg when I found him non-weight bearing in the field). The vet came out, talked me off my ledge, gave me a list of supplies, including diapers, and showed me how to wrap a foot.
I dutifully went to WalMart to buy diapers and other things....and stood looking very, very lost in the middle of the diaper aisle for about 10 minutes, trying desperately to figure out what size baby's butt closest approximated Neigh's foot. I got a lot of "Ahh, poor thing" looks. I think everyone thought I was a new teenage mom and couldn't figure out what size diapers my baby needed.
Every time I have to buy them, which is infrequent only because I always buy a big old box when I do, I stand in the aisle trying to figure out the size. And am truly amazed at the selection, being childfree. Not just sizes, but fasteners and colors and filler and who knows what else. Truly daunting! I have called my vet from the store to ask, how big a diaper for Dobbin? And then you load up the basket with diapers, duct tape, epsom salts, and chocolate (my fuel for any task) and check out, looking like you are planning some odd child abduction.
Someone said buy the biggest, but those would be adult size!
If the OP is referring to something for bandaging for abscesses and such, I've always had best luck with blue lab bench underpads. This was the first link I found, I'm sure you can find more options online. Just cut to size! Much cheaper and less waste than diapers.
ETA: I put this as a bottom layer (or over medication, abscess pads, whatever) and then duct tape it on. I second recommendations for Gorilla tape. Usually I make a Gorilla tape bottom and then wrap regular tape around the hoof wall. If you've got lots of funds and/or are super worried about keeping whatever it is stuck to the hoof, elastikon works the best, hands down. It lasts 3-4X longer than any duct tape, but I put a layer of duct tape over it to protect it since it's cloth-like.