Posted: 1st December 2020 | Back to news feed

When you are sponsored by a company that manufactures equine first aid products you don’t ever want to have to find out how good the products are.

However, that’s exactly what happened to Robinson Animal Healthcare sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, when one of her top horses recently went lame with an abscess.

C Fatal Attraction (Jorge), Sophie’s Gold Medal winning ride from the Paralympic World Equestrian Games in 2018, suddenly went lame following a lesson.


Sophie immediately called out the farrier who didn’t initially get a reaction when he applied hoof testers. The following day Jorge was much worse, so Sophie called her vet and this time he did react to the hoof testers.

The vet removed Jorge’s shoe and had a little dig around in the hoof and recommended that Sophie tubbed the foot for several days and applied a hot poultice.


Sophie hot poulticed the hoof for three days and applied a dry poultice on the fourth day using Animalintex®, which softened the foot nicely to release the pressure and ease Jorge’s discomfort so the farrier was able to put the shoe back on.


Said Sophie: “The Animalintex® was so easy to use. I cut normal Animalintex® to shape first as I needed it to go up the side of his foot slightly, where there was a crack, to encourage any dirt out, and then used the hoof shaped Animalintex® pads.”

“I applied some Veterinary Gamgee® on top of the Animalintex® to make sure there was even pressure across the foot and then secured it all in place with Equiwrap® Cohesive bandages. Jorge’s colour on the yard is purple so he had to have purple bandages!

“The Equiwrap® bandages were really effective at holding everything in place as he walked around the stable.


“It’s inevitable with horses that at some point you will need to reach for your first aid kit, so I am just very grateful that my kit was stocked up thanks to Robinson Animal Healthcare.”

Robinson Animal Healthcare has a wide range of products for all your first aid requirements including the market-leading Animalintex®, which is the only VMD licensed, multi-layered absorbent poultice available in the UK and the legendary Veterinary Gamgee®.

For more information contact Robinson Animal Healthcare on 01909 735000 or visit  

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