It's that time of year again. Cupid and I had several great lessons, and then last week as soon as I asked him to trot it was clear he was lame. It came on suddenly and there weren't any other symptoms, looked like an abscess. I packed his foot with ichthammol and wrapped it, with plans to get some epsom salt and soak it.
Last time I soaked Cupid's foot I had him stand in a flat rubber feed tub. It worked okay, but he did pick his feet up out of it a few times and made a bit of a mess sloshing water around. At Walgreens next to the epsom salt I saw something I thought might make a handy makeshift soaking boot: a "Reusable Waterproof Cast & Wound Protector." It is a heavy duty plastic sleeve with a rubber top, made to go over a person's leg cast but turns out it works quite well as a horse soaking boot!
I put the epsom salt in the "boot." Then I put his hoof through the hole in the top and pulled it up on his leg, where the rubber top sealed nicely just over his knee. I spotted a watering can next to the hose, and used that to pour warm water in. Cupid was very good and stood still while I did it. (He was eating his grain, so that may have helped!) I left the boot on for almost 20 minutes, and it stayed on nicely. Cupid was good, he shifted around a little but was mostly content to stand there and eat with the boot on.
Cupid was moving better by the next day, but I haven't seen any drainage so we're going to keep taking it easy and keep packing and maybe soaking the foot.