Greasy heel in horses is a sticky, lumpy, often thick, scabby condition to be found in and around the hollow part at the back of the horse’s hoof. Do you like the use of all those technical words? That sound is me laughing!
Well they were simple words and there is a simple remedy for what can be a very nasty and very painful condition if untreated.
Your local chemist will have some sort of brand of nappy rash cream that is a plain mixture of zinc cream and castor oil – there’s a home brand version that costs around five dollars.
Later edit: There WAS a chemist who had the perfect mixture but now I have to make it. I buy the castor oil and zinc nappy rash cream and mix in some pure zinc cream to make it a bit more stiff – the nappy rash cream by itself is a little too soft to stay on the leg as the horse moves around. Just whip it up in a bowl with a kitchen spatula and put it back in the original container.
Slather the cream on – that’s an Australian expression for get a good big amount of cream on your fingers and smear lots of that cream on the affected parts of the leg and repeat daily until it’s gone. Don’t worry about washing the area unless it’s incredibly muddy. And if you do feel that you have to wash it, make sure you dry it well and walk your horse around until it’s really dry before you put the cream on.
You will probably start to see some improvement within a day or so. As I said – simple and effective…
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