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    12-26-2012, 04:47 PM
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Foal
The farrier cut away part of my horses frog and now she is COMPLETELY lame.

Hey There,
Im new to horse forum and am looking for some advice on a horse that I have.

I noticed about a little over a month ago that she was getting an abscess up by her heel so I started soaking her and using iodine, waiting for it to come through and heal as I always have with all my horses that have gotten them. The farrier came out shortly after we noticed and cut away her frog from her heel to her bars. Her heel is split, She is completely lame, can not walk on it and I can still smell infection. We are still soaking her and trying to keep her hoof as dry as possible. I am looking for some advice on what I can do for her. Anything helps. Its been over a month and she still can't walk on it. Im starting to get worried. :/
     
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    12-26-2012, 04:50 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Smooth To The Max    
Hey There,
Im new to horse forum and am looking for some advice on a horse that I have.

I noticed about a little over a month ago that she was getting an abscess up by her heel so I started soaking her and using iodine, waiting for it to come through and heal as I always have with all my horses that have gotten them. The farrier came out shortly after we noticed and cut away her frog from her heel to her bars. Her heel is split, She is completely lame, can not walk on it and I can still smell infection. We are still soaking her and trying to keep her hoof as dry as possible. I am looking for some advice on what I can do for her. Anything helps. Its been over a month and she still can't walk on it. Im starting to get worried. :/
Have you contacted the vet? You can over soak and cause problems with too much moisture.
     
    12-26-2012, 04:50 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I doubt she is lame from the farrier cutting the frog, if she is three legged lame it is most likely still an abcess.
     
    12-26-2012, 05:05 PM
  #4
Trained
I would have the vet out and see if they can cut the abscess out. I doubt the horse is lame from the farrier cutting the frog, I've seen vets dig around frogs and cut very larges pieces off with out hurting the horse.
     
    12-26-2012, 05:06 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Have you contacted the vet? You can over soak and cause problems with too much moisture.

We soak her once a day, really just long enough to clean everything out. We stopped soaking her for about a week and that is when she has gotten this bad. I soaked her for a few today, cleaned everything out and put her old mac boot on to give her some support and keep her heel together.
     
    12-26-2012, 05:10 PM
  #6
Foal
I have been trying to keep her hoof as dry as possible under the conditions. I live up in the mountains in Washington and its pretty wet here.
     
    12-26-2012, 05:28 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Buy some hoof testers and see if you can find the abcess.
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    12-26-2012, 05:58 PM
  #8
Trained
I second the " still an abscess". Soaking for a bit won't do anything. Either get the vet out to have him check or soak for three days straight and see if the abscess pops. With soaking I mean the diaper/vetrap/duct tape boot, pouring warm water in at least twice a day, not just dipping it in a bucket.
     
    12-26-2012, 06:16 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Have you called a vet ? Serious, your horse has been limping for a month ?
     
    12-26-2012, 06:24 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Deffinatly abcess. Get a vet out and et them to dig it out.
Or oyu can hot poultice it youself and hope it is near enough to the surface to pop.

If my horse is lame an I suspect an abcess then I will normaly hot poultice for 3 days. If abcess hasnt burst out by then I get the vet up to dig it out.

I do know of one horse who was PTS because of an untreated abcess, it rotted the pedal bone and the horse had to be destroyed.
     

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