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    04-12-2012, 11:11 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by flyingchange1991    
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.
Thank you for your formula I will try it out!!
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    04-12-2012, 06:18 PM
  #12
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by flyingchange1991    
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.
Never heard of using the apple cider vinegar but wow I'll have to remember that for the next time I know a horse with an abscess! Definitely writing this down!
     
    04-12-2012, 06:21 PM
  #13
Weanling
If you are looking for a boot that works amazing and will stay on try this one.
Davis Original Horse Boot - 5123829 | Tractor Supply Company
My mare had an abscess and she was turned out in the mud with this boot on and it didn't come off. The strap on the outside was a little long so we wrapped duct tape around the top and it worked wonders. Took it off and cleaned it every couple of days and she was better in no time..... Until she stepped on a nail and now the boot is on the other foot LOL
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    04-12-2012, 06:23 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I pack the hoof with poulitce wrap it, leave it , then after it burst, you can pack it again and wrap it to be sure to draw out all the infection. My horses do not stand in buckets. I have one horse that is prone to abcess' .
     
    04-12-2012, 06:25 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Apple cider vinger is a natural remedy for bacterial problems and rashes. I use it on myself . Smell goes away really quick , and its much cheaper than ointments and creams. I never even thought to use it on the hoofs, I will need to try that. !
     
    04-12-2012, 10:32 PM
  #16
Yearling
1) Dig the abscess out with a hoof knife into a "pothole" shape

2) Soak cotton in iodine and pack it tight into the hole. Smash it in there with the hoof knife.

3) Put fresh iodine-soaked cotton in hole 2x a day for 3 days.

4) After 3 days, do it 1x a day until the horse quits limping.

5) When horse stops limping, pack hoof again and leave it for 3 days.

6) After 3 days, pull cotton out and apply medicated hoof packing (Forshner's is good)
     
    04-13-2012, 09:42 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
1) Dig the abscess out with a hoof knife into a "pothole" shape

2) Soak cotton in iodine and pack it tight into the hole. Smash it in there with the hoof knife.

3) Put fresh iodine-soaked cotton in hole 2x a day for 3 days.

4) After 3 days, do it 1x a day until the horse quits limping.

5) When horse stops limping, pack hoof again and leave it for 3 days.

6) After 3 days, pull cotton out and apply medicated hoof packing (Forshner's is good)
That's what I was doing, thanks though!
     
    04-13-2012, 09:54 AM
  #18
Weanling
^Agree about the iodine packing. My mare had a NASTY abscess back in the Fall. She clipped one of her shoes during the night, and I found her hobbling around in the morning with it half way on. Even with her shoes off by lunchtime that day, an abscess still set up in her hoof. Our vet drained it once through the sole, and everything was fine for about a month. Then, got home from class one day, and she was lame in the back of her pasture. Another 2 vet calls. The last time was the worst. I guess it didn't drain all of the way the first time, and pressure built back up underneath her left heel. Awful, awful, awful. We continued the iodine packs where it burst before, and the epsom soaks with the boot from Tractor Supply. When the coronet started to soften, I cleaned it with iodine and then dabbed the area with ichthamol (nasty, smelly stuff). I honestly think that the icthamol helped the most.
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    04-19-2012, 10:06 PM
  #19
Foal
My TB gelding would get an abcess about once a week for a good year of owning him. (Thats with performance pads on too!) But heres what I would do, and the things would pop within a day.

1. As previously mentioned, get a bucket of hot water, and dissolve epsom salts in.
2. I always put a little bit of honey in it too.
3. Soak the hoof for 30-hr
4. Take epsom salt poltice (I swear by this stuff) and pack it where the abcess wants to burst.
5. Wrap it, and then check it in the morning :)
     
    05-22-2012, 11:47 PM
  #20
Foal
I agree with the cow mastitis cream. Works great for thrush, also. Don't know about the apple cider vinigar for this, but I do know that it works great for sunburn. I would NEVER dig out an abscess. It will burst when it is ready. Please read some other threads for more info (and horror stories) on digging out abscesses.
     

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