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post #1 of 20 Old 08-19-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Founder or abscess?

I have a horse, temporarily in my care. She was previously foundered. She had horrible hooves, which were trimmed to allow her to walk a bit more normally.

She was getting much better until a few days ago (she has been with me about three weeks now). She was unable to stand on the bad hoof about three days ago, and was poulticed with Epsom Salt poultice. I took the poultice off yesterday, and there seemed to be a squishy spot up by the coronet band which when pressed, made her flinch and pull back.

Does this sound more like an abscess, or another founder? She's been padded for the last three weeks, poulticed, soaked daily when not poulticed, eating only local grass hay.
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-19-2013, 07:55 PM
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Soft spot up near coronet is more likely an abscess and one close to coming out. Founder/laminitis is going to be more in the laminae of the hoof or if previously foundered a possible further issue with the coffin bone.
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Abscess, ready to pop. Keep soaking, once it pops, keep it protected, but dry. It'll close fairly quickly. Important is tetanus protection, tho.
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So...if it was founder the sole would be tender to the touch? Because I have checked, and there was no reaction. The squishy spot isn't as squishy right now, but if I press hard enough, she will flinch.

Sounds as if continued soaking is the correct remedy?
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I was just out testing her--she can stand with the 'bad' hoof up for over a minute, and the other front hoof for almost two minutes before I got bored and put it down. I think that would not be possible with founder? So I think definitely abscess, and soaking is in her future! Thanks everyone, you have made me feel better about my course of action.
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Abscesses often " follow" founder/ laminitis. There is a lot going on in a laminitic foot, and the body gets rid of some dead tissue that way.
Is the soft spot on the front or back of the foot? Front takes longer to " ripen".
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On the front, at the top of the coronet band. That is most helpful knowing that the front takes longer to blow. Seriously, this is making me feel a lot better knowing that I am following the right course of action. I wish the poor girl didn't have to go through it, but at least she is on the road to recovery.
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Shouldn't take much longer, she'll get more ouchy before she'll get better tho.
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post #10 of 20 Old 08-20-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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I am pleased to report that this morning it looks as if the abscess started to drain. She's still limping a bit, but I will continue to soak and keep the pus draining. The hole is being packed with sugardine, padded, and duct taped to keep dirt out of it (it came through at the toe, instead of the top of the coronet band). Thank you for all the help!
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