I have a question regarding abcesses.....
This is what I think is happening to a horse I am part leasing. He was "off" this Aug. I took him to a vet, vet nerve blocked the navicular area and he was still off. Vet said most likely arthritus in his fetlock. We put him in a small paddock and NO riding. He got mildly better.
later, we noticed puffiness in the fetlock and we though suspensory, and his lameness got worse, like overnight. Some heat in the hoof and pastern. Started wrapping his leg with standing wraps.
Few days later, a vet that was at the barn for another person's horse kind took the time to look at "my" horse. This vet did hoof testers, and horse is pronouncedly ouchy on front left hoof, left quarter. We have been using standing wraps on that leg, but this vet thinks his lameness is due to an abcess or stone bruise. Do soaks, he says.
I did some epsom salt soaks, but no one can be there to do it daily, and we don't have hot water at the barn. I know , I could bring some in a thermos. But, if it were an abcess, would it take two months to come out? He's been lame , to a greater or lesser degree, for more than two months. His owner think it's a strained ligament and wants to just wrap him and keep him on a small paddock. She does not want to pay for Xrays or ultrasound, since she feels that the directions for treatment will be what she is already doing.
Will the epsom salt diaper boot, duct taped on, help draw out an abcess? Or does this only work AFTER it's been openned by a vet/farrier by a hole cut in the hoof?
I have been nagging the owner to get the farrier out to look at this. Very frustrating.