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How to Correctly Apply Poultice to your Horse's Legs

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Clean legs thoroughly with castile soap before applying any poultice.
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Apply poultice liberally over affected area, usually ¼ inch thick. Apply from top to bottom, going with the nap of the hair. Do not apply poultice to the back of the knees.
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Continue applying poultice until affected area is covered.
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After poultice is applied, cover with brown paper. Paper towels can be used for this too.
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Cover the paper with sheet cotton.
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Cover the sheet cotton with a standing bandage. Secure in place with Velcro strips. Safety pins can pose a risk of puncturing the horse’s skin. Leave on for 24 hours, remove wraps and dried poultice. Rinse with cold water if necessary. Repeat as needed.
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OrigPremPoult12.9_         KoolOut23

 

Select a high quality poultice for your application. Kool-Out™ is a non-medicated poultice for cooling and reducing inflammation. Kool-Out™ is often used routinely after workouts and competitions. Original Premium™ Poultice contains additional ingredients to provide increased results and EZ-Willow™ Poultice has the highest level of additional ingredients for extreme situations. 

  1. Clean legs thoroughly with castile soap or other non-medicated cleanser.
  2. Apply poultice evenly to affected area, 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Mold and shape with wet hands. *A pail of water nearby is useful.*
  3. Cover with cotton (optional).
  4. Cover with wet paper or plastic cling wrap.
  5. Apply quilted pad over paper or plastic.
  6. Wrap pad with standing bandage.
  7. Leave on overnight.
  8. Remove all wraps and bandages.
  9. Rinse off with cold water.
  10. Repeat as necessary.
  Caution: We do not recommend applying to heels or to the back of knees.