Why do I need a medicine boot to treat my horse for thrush, abscess or white line disease?
With all three problems, thrush, white line disease and abscess, the culprit is bacteria. Horses' feet by their very nature reside in dirt, mud, manure, or a combination of all three! Once a horse's foot has been prepared by your farrier or veterinarian for treatment, use of the boot will keep it clean, away from bacteria and ready for the Banixx treatment. Alternatives to a medicine boot would be a disposable baby diaper or used (but clean) IV bag free from your Veterinarian, either one held in place with duct tape or vet wrap.
It's better to use a properly fitted medicine boot to contain the Banixx than to allow his foot back into a contaminated environment. Since the Banixx solution maintains its pH level for several hours, it is worthwhile, if conditions are favorable, for the horse's hoof to remain in the solution for some time. In periods of hot weather, we would prefer to limit time in a boot but are careful to protect the hoof tissue, upon removal, with cotton gauze and vet wrap/duct tape to maintain hoof cleanliness.