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    06-14-2012, 09:57 PM
Green Broke
After an abscess?

This is the only experience I have with abscess' and I'm unsure if this is bad, I think it is.

I had the only large animal vet out recently when Apache got the abscess he just said wrap it in this for so many days and give these needles for so many days. I try to ask questions but I don't find him very helpful and expensive.

Apache was fine a about a week after the abscess broke the surface. I noticed over time that part of his hoof separated near the bulb where the abscess broke out.

I thought hoof separation was a bad thing but someone told it was normal after an abscess.

It slowly separated more until it got like this.


Then it just stayed that way and it didn't seem to bother him but this morning when I fed him I noticed he was lame on the that same leg and could barely walk.

Is his lameness due to that? Is it bad? I don't know much about abscess and my vet isn't very helpful.
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    06-14-2012, 11:43 PM
Yep, that's a mess. You've got at least two problems.

First, the heel quarter is no longer attached. Under load it will move and is likely impinging on sensitive tissue. Secondary infection/abscess is a possibility.

Second, the frog appears to have a serious thrush infection. That can cause discomfort and also make helping this horse more difficult.

You've shared the vets feedback.

What has your farrier suggested to address the structural failure at the heel quarter and the possible loss of frog support?

    06-14-2012, 11:47 PM
Originally Posted by Horseman56    

What has your farrier suggested to address the structural failure at the heel quarter and the possible loss of frog support?

You mean "trimmer" right?
    06-14-2012, 11:57 PM
Originally Posted by bntnail    
You mean "trimmer" right?
Yep. I was baiting and you spoiled it.

Still, it's an interesting problem.

Resect the damaged wall and nail up a z-bar is the first thought, but I don't think this frog could handle any positive pressure.

For discussion purposes, let's presume it won't.

What's that leave us?

Spider plate with dental impression material in the commissures.. maybe?

    06-14-2012, 11:59 PM
Never mind. I'm not on my game tonight. Making it too complicated.

Straight bar. Float the heel. Treat the thrush as needed.

Sheessh. Must be tired.

    06-15-2012, 12:08 AM
Based on 2 poor pics, I don't know.

I just make it up as I go along.

Like you said, A z bar, straight bar, or even a heart bar may do the trick. Perhaps just a 3/4 shoe would even work. Hard for me to say w/o foot in hand. I fly by the seat of my pants.

If I onlty trimmed I know that I'd either have to trim it, cast it or boot it.

I'd glue a shoe on it if I was a transitional farrier.
    06-15-2012, 12:10 AM
Green Broke
The abscess appeared after his last Farrier/trimmer visit and he is coming out now to see to his feet as he is on an 8 week schedule. So I still have to talk in depth about it to him.
    06-15-2012, 12:20 AM
Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
The abscess appeared after his last Farrier/trimmer visit
Probably his/her fault, I'd fire him/her and get another,another,another,another..........(Rolls eyes emoticon that is conveniently not there).
    06-15-2012, 12:28 AM
Green Broke
Fire him for one abscess in just over 2 years. A lot of people recommend this guy.
    06-15-2012, 12:32 AM
Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
Fire him for one abscess in just over 2 years. A lot of people recommend this guy.

It's an inside joke.

Follow up with photos after your farrier is done. Should be interesting to see how he manages it.


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