Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I've only had 2 abssesses or abssess problems in 27 years. Mostly they are caused by a soft tissue hoof injury and/or dirty environment. The first one, some 20 years ago, was a stone bruise. The Vet dug almost 3 inches of hoof out, but we had to stall him and let it burst through the top of the hoof. Until it burst we used disposable baby diapers duct-taped around the hoof. A few weeks later we were riding this horse.
In the 2nd case, my 23yoTWH was, unbeknownst to US, developing Cushings disease and abssesses are a common symptom. I fought the first one, and then it recurred one month later. The 2nd time he was walking on his toe, and I opened up the hole with a hoof pick, then it bled out. He was audibly relieved.
He healed from it, but his overall health went downhill after this. I mention it bc I didn't know that this is a form of horse diabetes, and large and overweight horses can develop it. He was 16'2hh, and 1,350 lbs., 7 ft. girth (84".)