Originally Posted by spirit88
Hi iam new to this forum
So here it goes I have a horse that has a abcessed hoof,it blew out just above the heel bulbs. Mostly blood and some pus he still very sore didnt soak it its been -39 to 28 below zero with highs in single digit below zero. Should I have my farrier out to get it draining better or try soaking now its above zero today. This abcess happened friday so its a couple days old now,he had a bad stone bruise two months ago when farrier was here to trim,seems like a long time for a abcess to finally come up but I don't know the time frame for abcessing after a stone bruise. Any help would be nice don't want this to get worse.
Okay this sounds funny but IT WORKS in the winter. I have used it when my horse got a nail in her hoof :( don't know how it happened but it did. Anyways I used a Maxi pad (yes, a maxi pad) SMOTHERED it in epsom salt (litterally soaked the pad, then piled epsom salt on it), along with a little water to get it soaked into the pad. Then I stuck the pad over the abcess and wrapped it in vet wrap to keep it on the hoof. I then wrapped the vet wrap in duct tape to keep it protected. If you choose this method there are a few things you should know
1. DO NOT wrap it too tight, you don't want to cut off circulation.
2. You will need to change the pad every day, for at least 14 days.
3. Call a vet to see if there is anything else you can do for the horse
4. The pad may come off after an hour or so, due to wear on the wrap. That's OKAY! The more the horse moves, the more blood gets to the foot and the faster healing will come. The epsom salt is there to pull out the puss and cleanse the wound. Just pull off the old pad (if its still on) daily and then apply a new one. Hope this helps!!