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Use with caution & research carefully!!!
on June 22, 2015
Research carefully & use cautiously!!! Trying to use this in struggle against white line disease & near constant wet/rainy conditions all last year & this spring as I was spending a fortune on White Lightening soaks with minimal to questionable results. This seemed like a MUCH more economical way to go. The "active ingredient" is listed as 2% Chlorine Dioxide for both but my experience makes it appear that they are still different somehow. Found various directions online regarding activating/not activating, then diluting Oxine AH with water. I noted this is different as the WL directions just say to "activate with equal parts of white vinegar & soak for 30-40 min n sealed boot". Frustrating.... as I struggled to guess how to make a soaking solution. I am still at a loss as how to make an effective soaking solution out of this Oxine AH, especially for a horse with sensitive skin!!
The first time I used it, (1 oz activated with equal amt vinegar, then diluted with water to fill a 20 oz bottle) on my mare with WHITE legs, it caused chemical burns to the backs of her ankles! Lost hair, redness, warm to touch, skin peeled & have been struggling with persistent scabbing with shallow open wounds underneath especially on one leg! I also noted it bleached her black spots to brown, which the White Lightening never did, even undiluted! This was mentioned as a probability in one article & wouldn't bother bother me if it had knocked down the WLD!! This however would be something considerable to dark-coated horse owners! White Lightening never bleached or burned (& I mixed it equal parts solution to vinegar & soaked in that UNDILUTED!) Oxine AH (activated & diluted), pinkened but didn't burn gelding legs that are NOT WHITE but I did notice some bleaching/lightening of his palomino/gold hair. After finding another article online that described adding a larger amount of "low iron" water, I gave it another try & it still irritated the previously burned ankles & there was more skin peeling but not as bad as the first time. Her other 2 ankles pinkened & warmed but never peeled.
I really can't say that any of this, in conjunction with thorough, diligent cleaning & disinfecting was making a bit of difference as long as the wet conditions have continued during all day turnout. They are in completely dry & daily cleaned wood shaving bedded stalls each night. The weather is finally giving us more dry periods & I am finally seeing progress in their hooves with no soaking for the past week. In all, I did not see the results I'd hoped for, especially on the white legged horse. Good luck all!