Soaking hooves is often part of the treatment for a variety of hoof ailments, namely abscesses. A nice soak in a custom concoction sounds like a great idea (on paper) but in reality may horses despise standing in a feed tub. Feed tubs are for FOOD, and your horse knows it!
Make sure your horse really needs a soak. Any hoof issues should be tended to by your Veterinarian to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan. Some conditions need an ice bath, others need a hot water soak.
Ground rules for everyone’s safety:
Practice before you need to do it! Just for grins, see what he thinks of getting his hoof soaked when he doesn’t need it.
Use cross ties! These minimize the fidgeting that your horse can do as he stews in his special soaking mixture.
Reward good behavior!
Don’t leave him in the cross ties to tend to other barn chores. .
Some tips for making the soaking time pass easily:
Timing is everything! Soak when his belly is full, not when hay is getting handed out!
Combine cross tie tasks - soak first, then go about grooming. You can distract your horse with lots of scratching in his favorite places.
Add a hay net if you need to. His belly may be full, but hay nets make excellent pacifiers for the dancing cross tie horse.
Make sure your horse is comfortable. Is he cold? Is he calling for his buddies? Is he scared?
Use the best tools. Tubs are great for feed, not for soaking. The Hoof Wraps Soaker Kit is tough enough to stand on it’s own, deal with a shod horse, and stay secure.