Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
The 3M stuff mentioned in PP is called Animalintex. It's amazing stuff. Cut the pad to the shape of the foot, wet the pad, apply it to the sole with plastic side out and vetwrap the foot. You can continue to do epsom salt soak too. When you remove the pad, you will see the gunk on it. Is the abscess draining? Again as PP said, IM shots of pennicilin will help also. If you don't like giving shots, you might think about sulpha pills. Crush and put in the grain ration. If your horse won't eat it, than they can be disolved and given orally in a dose syringe.
I would seek out a vet and a new farrier. Did your shoer try to open the abscess? It just sounds a little sketchy to me. Sorry you are going through this - keep us posted!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork