Curious about the Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice Wraps? Our guest blog from Bigeloil themselves will answer all your questions! There is a long time-honored history of poultice use in the equine world that is still relevant today because of its reliability in treating legs and hooves. Horses are an amazing feat of nature with the support of such a large, powerful body resting on four narrow legs, and because of this we constantly work to keep them healthy and protected. Poultice is one tool we have to keep our horses’ legs and hooves comfortable.
So, what is poultice? Poultice is a wet, traditionally clay-based mixture mainly used to relieve and draw heat from horses’ legs and hooves. It is spread on the lower leg or hoof sole and overwrapped with several layers including wet paper or plastic wrap, which need to be cut to fit the leg or hoof area. Poultice can be used warm or cold depending on your needs; cold leg poultice is ideal when heat, general soreness or leg filling is of concern; warm leg poultice works well when stiffness is a concern. Hoof poulticing can provide relief from heat, bruising and general soreness.
The problem with poultice is the messy preparation, application and removal. Once you have all of the wrapping elements together the clay needs to be spread by hand and inevitably ends up on you, the barn aisle and areas of your horse that you didn’t intend. You could choose to leave the poulticed legs unwrapped, but of course there is a high probability that the horse will rub his face creating a messier situation. When it comes time to remove the dried poultice, you must pick it off the legs and out of the hooves then gently curry or wash the residue off. There has to be a better way.
The answer to that quandary is Bigeloil Quilted Poultice. Bigeloil Quilted Poultice Leg Wraps make poulticing quick, easy and mess-free thanks to their unique quilted pocket design, which keeps the poultice contained. These leg wraps are made with Kaolin Clay and Epsom Salt, so your horse gets the benefit of traditional ingredients, and you get the benefit of the innovative design.
Application and removal has never been easier. The fiber paper pockets contain the poultice for a quick, clean 3-step application: soak for 20 seconds, apply to leg, cover with wrap. There is no need for wet paper or plastic wrap, and just a small amount of water is needed to soak the Quilted Poultice. Removal is equally simple: just unwrap and discard – and there is no residue left behind on you or your horse so no cleanup is needed. To top it off, the leg wraps are quite versatile; they can be used with warm or cold water to suit your needs.
Because you don’t have to worry about lugging around heavy tubs or ready-to-use clay drying out over time, Bigeloil Quilted Poultice Wraps are perfect for travel, use after a competition or hard workout and for keeping on hand in case of an unforeseen issue. This modern poultice solution makes an important part of horse care easier, faster and more economical. As always, make sure you consult your veterinarian before treating your horse for any injury.