When I was first beginning to learn the trade, there were a good number of old timers still around most of whom are no longer with us. One of the things I can remember a few of them talking about was bleeding a hot founder. This consisted of drilling one or more holes in the toe area of the horses hoof wall to relieve pressure of trapped blood very much like what we do to a human fingernail after smashing it and giving ourselves a hemotoma.
I've mentioned this on other forums. It's usually been met with scoffing and ridicule, especially among the veterinary community. Nonetheless I can remember the old folks swearing it works.
Now we have an interesting thing on Fran's site saying that German researchers are having some great success using leeches:
Isn't this pretty much the same idea? Seems to me maybe just bleeding them might make the leeches unnecessary?
What you all think?