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If poultices don't really work, what to use on hard working feet?

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  • If poultices don't really work, what to use on hard working feet?

    I have read threads on here questioning any efficacy of poultices on hooves. What then might you use to help soothe hard working hooves? I have a 16.2+ hh OLD mare that is barefoot and has super quality feet that almost never crack or chip. She shows in the AA or low A/O Hunters and I would like to "do something" for her feet at the end of show days that might actually help. What would you suggest?

  • #2
    If the feet are not sore, cracking, or chipping, then what exactly are you wanting to "do" to them? If they were sore I would think she would be telling you this by being lame/off/whathaveyou. If she isn't, then I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "do something"...what more is there to do to perfectly healthy not lame feet?
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    • Original Poster

      Obviously, we do some different extra things at shows, when our horses are working hard and in different environments than normal, Ulcergard, liniments, leg wraps, etc. Lots of folks, still use poultices on legs and in feet. I've done the poultice thing, myself, but I hate messing with the stuff, especially if it doesn't really help.


      • #4
        I put mine in SoftRides at night at shows. He is barefoot too. During the day while he is standing around I pack with Magic Cushion.

        Seems like the last thing you would want to do is use poultice or anything that makes them soft.
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        • #5
          When I transitioned my TB to barefoot I used Sore No Mores poultice on his soles the whole wet paper bag and wrap thing. He was so much more comfortable once I started poulticing his feet. They never got soft or anything. Poultice is a drawing agent so shouldn't make feet soft. How do I know this stuff works? Cause I used it on my knees when a very large untrained dog pulled me down on out metal kennel grates at work. My knees were HUGE! I poultices my knees and wrapped them. Sweet bliss I did it for two nights and the swelling was gone at the end plus the pain relief from the Arnica.
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          • #6
            I am very much not into goops and potions in general, but a good old-fashioned pine-tar based hoof packing makes me feel better, at least, and seems to make at least the sole and frogs feel a bit better after a hard run on hard footing.
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            • #7
              Magic Cushion.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Renn/aissance View Post
                Magic Cushion.
                Doesn't Magic Cushion test? I thought it contained curcumin.


                • #9
                  Last jug I bought had a big shiny gold sticker on it saying "Curcumin Free Since 200X" (I forget if it was 2008 or 2009)

                  Big second for Magic Cushion
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                  • #10
                    What the heck is curcumin? Do you mean capsacian?
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                    • #11
                      Curcumin comes from Tumeric.

                      I do not find curcumin on either the FEI or the USEF list.

                      Personally, at the end of a hard day, I soak feet in ice water for 30 min.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rcloisonne View Post
                        Doesn't Magic Cushion test? I thought it contained curcumin.
                        I've heard that the Magic Cushion Xtreme version contains something that tests. I have never had call to use that version, so I wouldn't know. If Magic Cushion original formula itself tests, that would be news to me, and probably news to the white coats at the last horse show my horse got tested.
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                        • #13
                          Magic Cushion. It's amazing.


                          • #14
                            I saw a top eventer use frozen peas in a feed tub for her horse's feet after going on hard ground, she liked how they really got up into all the creases/crevices. Plus cheap and biodegradable!


                            • #15
                              Magic Cushion.

                              If I had a sore footed horse after jumping, I'd ice the feet then pack w/ MC.

                              I don't know if the extreme tests or not, I've only used it on my retiree after a pulled shoe, but man oh man that stuff works much better than regular MC. Harder (more difficult) to apply, but impressive results.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Judysmom View Post
                                Magic Cushion.

                                If I had a sore footed horse after jumping, I'd ice the feet then pack w/ MC.

                                I don't know if the extreme tests or not, I've only used it on my retiree after a pulled shoe, but man oh man that stuff works much better than regular MC. Harder (more difficult) to apply, but impressive results.
                                Does it really work that much better? My guy is tender-footed for a day or two after he's shod, and I like to keep him wearing his happy feet. All he's doing these days are local shows so whether it does or it doesn't, testing is not an issue. I'd been more than satisfied with regular MC, but if the Xtreme is worth the extra money, I'll certainly switch.
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                                • #17
                                  Curcumin does not test. It is one of the main ingredients in Platinum Recover. Lots of racehorses are on it.

                                  I am unaware of any research supporting any kind of hoof packing/poultice actually providing any benefit beyond placebo effect. Icing, however, does reduce inflammation in the feet. I would go with that.