Hey equestrians and horse lovers, Margo here from Absorbine®. As a horseback rider of many years, like many of you I have used poultice for various reasons and without a doubt it always does the job. A poultice is a wet clay mixture that is used on horses’ legs and hooves to treat general heat or stiffness. This clay mixture works by helping to draw out heat, tighten, and prevent filling. I find poultice great after a strenuous workout, long show day, or a day spent on harsh terrain. Poultice is used for both hot and cold application. When I am targeting general soreness or filled legs, I apply cold poultice to help draw out heat and reduce filling. When I have concerns with general- stiffness, hoof soreness, or bruising, I apply a hot or warm poultice for relief. Read on to learn how Bigeloil® poultice wraps make it easy!
Although I love poultice and what it offers, its thick clay mixture always entailed a messy application and removal with many flaws that were a hassle to deal with. When applying a traditional poultice, I would evenly mold and shape the mixture on to the horse’s leg or hoof, a sloppy job that always left my hands a mess! When I wanted to use the poultice for cold application, I needed access to a refrigerator or freezer, and when I wanted to apply it hot, I needed access to a microwave; both things that not all barns have. Another thing I always struggled with is how to wrap my poultice because all my options seemed to have downsides:
- Not wrapping the poultice at all is one way to go, but doing so allowed it to dry out quickly and created a mess all over my horse!
- A method many people use is wet paper followed by a quilted pad and standing bandage. This holds moisture better, but the paper can fall apart easily and be difficult to handle.
- Poultice can be wrapped in plastic followed by a quilted pad and standing bandage, this held moisture the best, but trapped in heat.
Once left on for the desired amount of time, the next hassle to deal with is removal. To remove poultice from your horses leg requires currying and picking off the dried pieces of clay; a tedious step that could cause further discomfort for the horse and will likely require bathing.
Although poultice worked wonders with treating my horse’s general heat or stiffness, it had its many downsides that made it a difficult product to handle. Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice Leg Wraps and Hoof Pads were my solution to the unwanted mess that I previously had to deal with every time I wanted to poultice my horse. Bigeloil poultice wraps make it easy. The innovative, convenient quilted pocket design contains a mix of dried Kaolin clay and Epsom salt- poultice’s traditional ingredients- as well as guar gum that creates a thin gel layer when wet to help keep the wraps and pads in place during application. The quilted pockets keep the poultice contained, eliminating any messy residue I previously dealt with on my hands and my horse!
Now applying poultice to my horse can be done in just three easy steps:
- Soak the poultice wrap or pad for twenty seconds.
- Apply to the horse’s leg or hoof.
- Cover with a wrap.
When soaking the quilted wrap or pad, I do so at the temperature appropriate for the issue at hand. Now, I don’t need to worry about accessing a microwave or refrigerator, just simply hot or cold water. Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice stays wet for 12-18 hours and should be checked within 24 hours; which I find convenient for overnight wear and removal before turnout. Removal is easy, simply unwrap the leg or hoof and discard the wrap or pad, with no residue left over. Truly, Bigeloil® Poultice Wraps make it easy to poultice!
-Margo C., Absorbine® Marketing Intern