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    04-21-2012, 12:40 PM
Abscess or ???

Thursday evening I went out to see Oscar and after starting to lunge at the trot, I noticed he was a little off. I stopped to see if he had a rock wedged some where (because its rocky where he's at) and I noticed that there was a little slice out of his right front heel. It was not oozing, but had a little bit of coagulated blood on it. After walking the fence line a fixing anything that might have caused it, I found a very small spot of dried blood on the ground where he normally hangs out.

I threw some blue kote on it and went home. After thinking on it, I am not sure it's an injury.

Is it possible to blow an abscess without noticing lameness first?? It was pretty wet here from Friday-Tuesday so he didn't get worked almost at all until Thursday when I noticed. I pushed on it a little bit to see if anything would come out, but it appears clean.

Here are pics from last night.
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    04-21-2012, 12:41 PM
Note - the "flap" looks worse now than it did on Thursday. It truly looked like a cut at the time...
    04-21-2012, 12:42 PM
He may have hit himself with his back foot. It looks like that to me, anyways.
    04-21-2012, 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by xxdanioo    
He may have hit himself with his back foot. It looks like that to me, anyways.
I wondered about that too...
    04-21-2012, 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by Allison C    
Is it possible to blow an abscess without noticing lameness first??.
Abscesses are very painful...you would have noticed lameness. I would guess an injury of some type.

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