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  • Equine Hoof Abscess Treatment
  • Using padded shoes for hoof abscess

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    04-10-2012, 05:33 PM
  #1
Weanling
Abscess Treatment

I noticed one of my horses had the start of an abscess at the start of last week, I treated it with soaking it in ebsom salt and wrapping it with an antibiotic and keeping him in a dry area [stall and arena]. I got the farrier out as soon as possible, middle/end of last week, and that helped him. I then soaked it again and re-wrapped it. He's doing better then he was but he still looks a little sore and will limp for a couple of steps.

What else should I be doing?
     
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    04-10-2012, 05:39 PM
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Foal
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Im having he same issue with my mare, except I only discovered hers when it broke open and bled.. doing what I can but its definitely tough..
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    04-10-2012, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MissKriss    
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Im having he same issue with my mare, except I only discovered hers when it broke open and bled.. doing what I can but its definitely tough..
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My old pony mare used to get abscesses every spring. I always felt bad for her, eventually we put padded shoes on her and it helped out a lot. I don't know if your mare is prone to them or not but if she is I'd say try the padded shoes.
     
    04-10-2012, 06:01 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Sinister    
My old pony mare used to get abscesses every spring. I always felt bad for her, eventually we put padded shoes on her and it helped out a lot. I don't know if your mare is prone to them or not but if she is I'd say try the padded shoes.
Thanks for the info!! Im not sure either I've only had her for a month now and she's basically a rescue. The people thought she was 2 and I just recently found out she was 4 lol. Its located on her left rear hoof right where it meets her hair.. I feel bad for her cause she's had issue after issue ever since I've gotten her. I just want to see her healthy and happy (slowly but surely!).
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    04-10-2012, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by MissKriss    
Thanks for the info!! Im not sure either I've only had her for a month now and she's basically a rescue. The people thought she was 2 and I just recently found out she was 4 lol. Its located on her left rear hoof right where it meets her hair.. I feel bad for her cause she's had issue after issue ever since I've gotten her. I just want to see her healthy and happy (slowly but surely!).
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I rescue 90% of my horses and work with a lot of rescues too so I know what you're going through! The end result is always worth the hard work!
     
    04-10-2012, 06:07 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sinister    
I rescue 90% of my horses and work with a lot of rescues too so I know what you're going through! The end result is always worth the hard work!
Bless your heart for being a rescuer too! It takes a kind, loving, and patient (lol!) person to do all that!
Its definitely fusterating but I know once we straighten everything out, she's going to be a great horse!
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    04-10-2012, 07:00 PM
  #7
Weanling
When you are making up your soaking solution of water and epsom salts, make sure the water is as hot as you can get it but still able to hold your hand in it and then stir in the epsom salts until they are no longer dissolving in it. The epsom salts are more effective like that, they will draw out the infection better. I remember reading somewhere that the water has to be completely saturated with them and when they no longer dissolve in the water that is when you know it is saturated.

Animalintex poultice is also a really good drawing poultice. You can buy them in pre cut hoof shapes, but it is a bit cheaper to just buy the regular rectangle shape pad and cut out your own.

Movement is also important to keep the circulation going, so if your horse is able to be turned out as much as possible to move around that's great. Hand walking can also be helpful. You could hand walk him each time you soak. Just be sure to keep him on nice footing like in an arena or on grass so it will be more comfortable for him.

You can soak 3 times a day if you have time, but 2 is sufficient. Also, once the abcess bursts, I like to soak for a couple of extra days after just to make sure it is all drawn out before it closes up.

I hope this can help and that your horse feels better soon.
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    04-10-2012, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by HorsesAreMyPassion    
When you are making up your soaking solution of water and epsom salts, make sure the water is as hot as you can get it but still able to hold your hand in it and then stir in the epsom salts until they are no longer dissolving in it. The epsom salts are more effective like that, they will draw out the infection better. I remember reading somewhere that the water has to be completely saturated with them and when they no longer dissolve in the water that is when you know it is saturated.

Animalintex poultice is also a really good drawing poultice. You can buy them in pre cut hoof shapes, but it is a bit cheaper to just buy the regular rectangle shape pad and cut out your own.

Movement is also important to keep the circulation going, so if your horse is able to be turned out as much as possible to move around that's great. Hand walking can also be helpful. You could hand walk him each time you soak. Just be sure to keep him on nice footing like in an arena or on grass so it will be more comfortable for him.

You can soak 3 times a day if you have time, but 2 is sufficient. Also, once the abcess bursts, I like to soak for a couple of extra days after just to make sure it is all drawn out before it closes up.

I hope this can help and that your horse feels better soon.
It just burst today [finally! LOL] I've been trying to get him outside in the arena for as long as I can but it's been raining quite a bit up here lately and he's a big baby about being out in the rain, even with a rain sheet. I'll definitely soak him for a few more days, thanks!
     
    04-11-2012, 07:51 PM
  #9
Weanling
One of the best things for an abcess is bute for the pain which in turn will keep the horse moving which in turn will encourage the abcess to burst.

Super Nova
     
    04-12-2012, 12:08 PM
  #10
Foal
Make a solution in a super big bucket (like a muck bucket but really clean use bleach if you can) of Epsom salt (about a cup) Apple cider vinegar (about 2 cups) a dash of iodine and hot water enough to go over the horses fetlock joint. Soak for 20 minutes. Take the foot out dry it really good and then wrap it. Once the abcess busts go get some GoDry, its mastitis treatment for dry cows apply a pea sized amount WITH YOUR FINGER!!! On the bust after you soak and dry it. Wrap it like normal. Once pony is sound you can stop wrapping but keep soaking and GoDrying it for 2 more days. My mare chronic abscesses all the time so this is the magic formula I have worked out. Works on any horse and my record of going from lame to sound on this formula is 3 days.
     

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