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post #1 of 3 Old 02-16-2013, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Abscess? Or?

Wednesday my mare managed to find a rock to step on during a lesson. She stumbled off and my trainer pulled it out and said it went up in her frog and was bleeding a tiny bit.. Once it came out and she walked a bit, she stopped limping.. We did a little trotting and all seemed well. That night my trainer wrapped her foot with sugar and betadine for me. The next day I had no way of getting to the barn, but today, Friday I went out to find that she was limping around.
A bit of heat in her hoof and her leg is pretty swollen around the tendons. I hand walked her to get the blood flowing, Iced her leg, and then poulticed.. I'm thinking abscess? Just looking for anyone's opinions on what may be going on and what to do with her. Tomorrow I'm going out to soak her hoof with epsom salt and redo the sugardine pack in her hoof, as I'm thinking it's an abscess. I'd rather not call out the vet if I know that it's an abscess, since any time I ever have before, they've simply told me to pack it with sugar and betadine and then charged me 300 dollars for the information, though I will if she doesn't get better. Anyways, any insight would be lovely. Thanks
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Also, how long might it take for this to go away? First show of the season is in a week and I'd love to be ready for it. Of course her health is more important, but if there's something I can do to get her ready by then, that would be great
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Wednesday my mare managed to find a rock to step on during a lesson. She stumbled off and my trainer pulled it out and said it went up in her frog and was bleeding a tiny bit.. Once it came out and she walked a bit, she stopped limping.. We did a little trotting and all seemed well. That night my trainer wrapped her foot with sugar and betadine for me. The next day I had no way of getting to the barn, but today, Friday I went out to find that she was limping around.
A bit of heat in her hoof and her leg is pretty swollen around the tendons. I hand walked her to get the blood flowing, Iced her leg, and then poulticed.. I'm thinking abscess? Just looking for anyone's opinions on what may be going on and what to do with her. Tomorrow I'm going out to soak her hoof with epsom salt and redo the sugardine pack in her hoof, as I'm thinking it's an abscess. I'd rather not call out the vet if I know that it's an abscess, since any time I ever have before, they've simply told me to pack it with sugar and betadine and then charged me 300 dollars for the information, though I will if she doesn't get better. Anyways, any insight would be lovely. Thanks
An abscess would typically take more than a day or two to develop and the tendon swelling that you mention says sprain to me. There is probably a bruise from the rock, too.
With what you describe, if it were my horse, I would be treating as a sprain and bruise. Ice/cold hose the swelling, keep the foot/sole clean and dry (no soaking), separated to a small paddock to limit movement, and rest (no work).
In any case, with tendon sprains, it will never fully heal in a week even if the horse doesn't look lame. Returning to work too quickly causes a great deal of re-injuries.

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