A short list of things we recommend to have in your tool chest...
- Hoof testers - A simple tool that anyone can use. If it hurts when you squeeze, then it's likely a problem in the foot!
- Crease Pullers - They are the easiest/tidiest way to pull a shoe nail by nail in a pinch. We also firmly believe that everyone should be capable of pulling a shoe if your horse wears them. You never know when a sprung or twisted shoe can happen, and often removing it is the best way to prevent further damage to the hoof. Ask your farrier to show you how to pull a shoe or learn by watching.
- Foot bandage supplies - Vetrap, cotton or diapers and duct tape can come in handy. Epsom salt is a basic and effective hoof poultice that's cost efficient too!
- Thermometer - Whether it's because they're not eating, seem over heated, or simply a little dull...we will always ask if you know your horse's temperature before we advise anything prior to our visit. It's best to have two on hand to double check any significant fever.
- Leg bandages - We recommend the thicker, more fluffy quilts, more than the thinner cottons (that can allow uneven pressure on the limb) and wrap over the quilts with a nice standing bandage. When choosing a length remember to encompass The length of the cannon and include the ankle. On average an average adult horse will wear 14-16" quilts in front and 16-18" behind.
- Basic wound care - Betadine or chlorhexidine scrub can be used for cleansing anything except near the eye. A good topical ointment such as Dermagel or SSD are a another good addition.
- Basic eye care - Clean towels for hot compresses and a plain ophthalmic triple antibiotic can be used in most any case. Always be sure to ONLY use ophthalmic ointments in eyes.
Cooper Williams is one of only seven veterinarians in the United States who is certified by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology in advanced ultrasound imaging.