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post #1 of 24 Old 08-11-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Frustrated - Hoof abscess

I bought a horse on 06/22/09. It just so happened it was the same day the horse farrier came out. He trimmed her feet and put shoes on her. A week later she was lame. He came out again and stated it was an abscess in her right foot (outer toe). He then took off her right shoe. I dressed the wound with Ichthamol and Epsom salt for a week. It seemed to get better. He then came back out and put the shoe back on. For the whole month of July I was unable to ride her because she was limping. I dress the foot daily. By the last week of July she had gotten better (so it seemed). Farrier came out at the end of July (7/3o/09). He retrimmed her hooves and found where the abscess had been. He put a hot shoe on her and let it sear the hoof. The next day again she came out of her stall limping and lame. She has had coflex on that hoof every day since then and today I go by to assess her and she now has a crack on her sole. I immediately called the Farrier and he is coming out tomorrow. I am also going to call my vet and see if he can come out to evaluate her hopefully tomorrow or Thursday. I can't help but to get very frustrated with the situation. I have not had a horse since 30 years. I finally decide to buy a horse and this is what happens.
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-11-2009, 10:10 PM
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Ugh, I feel your pain. Been there 3 times, all due to a farrier who couldn't put his nails in correctly. If the abscess is due to the farrier putting in a close nail or worse, penetrating the white line, for starters I'd find a new farrier.

As for treatment, it sounds like there's still some infection left. Is there any heat in the hoof? I've never dealt with a cracked sole, but I would take the shoe back off for starters and use a boot to cover it at least untiil the vet comes out. If there's still an abscess situation going on, 3M now makes pads that make treatment much less labor intensive. Instead of the 2x daily soaking and sticky ichthamol/duct tape thing, you just take the 3M pad to the sole, wrap it in vet wrap and just change it every other day or so. The pad is supposed to draw out the infection the same way the ichthamol does.

Good luck. I'll be interested in hearing what the vet says about the cracked sole.
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post #3 of 24 Old 08-11-2009, 10:18 PM
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I've dealt with a lot of horses with stubborn hoof abcesses and found that a weekly course of Pencillin dries them right up. Give IM, that is.
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-12-2009, 12:51 PM
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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!

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post #5 of 24 Old 08-12-2009, 04:14 PM
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• Horses: 2 always happens when you first buy them. I just finished dealing with a nasty abscess myself. We had a monsoon and my new horse had a wall flare that sure enough allowed some bacteria to creep up in there and bam an abscess formed. Of course then it turned desert dry and locked that sucker in there. It took 3 weeks to get it all out. With daily soakings and a duct tape boot with Icthammol. Abscesses are such a nuisance. But think positive...when my horse got his I thought he actually had a sprain. When the vet diagnosed abscess I was thanking the higher powers. :)
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No heat in the hoof over the last 2 months. No drainage at this point. We only saw drainage once and that was on July 30 when the farrier came out to re shod her. When he trimmed that hoof some guk came out. That is when he used the hot red shoe and placed it on her hoof. I do want to blame him, but the woman who had her before me had taken off the shoes and then put them on right before I bought her. I think that was the culprit. He seems to think it is a subsolar plexus abscess which he (the farrier) says can be pretty nasty. He wants the vet to do an xray so he can see where the bone is and how much hoof depth she has.
We will see. I went to the stall today and she really isn't limping any worse, and isn't pointing so atleast that. Rebandaged it and now waiting for the vet to come.
Thanks for listening guys. I really freaked yesturday.
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Hugs to you! So sorry you are dealing with this - the vet getting a picture of her foot will solve some of the mystery. I just don't get why he hot fitted the shoe if it was draining.
Hope you get you get a positive answer to this problem!

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post #8 of 24 Old 08-13-2009, 12:52 PM
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Abscesses have to be the worst, they can go on forever.

This article came into my mail box yesterday, I found it very interesting. I have always done the soaking thing as well, but this article explains in detail why that may cause more problems. Anyways, food for thought........

The Horse | Healing Hoof Abscesses
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I have no advice whatsoever but I hope you can get it resolved. What an awful situation to be in, for both of you. I agree on a new farrier though.

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post #10 of 24 Old 08-13-2009, 02:07 PM
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I would find a new farrier, he doesn't seem to know what to do. AND I would have called the vet when the abbcess formed. It could have gotten infected and moved into the coffin bone(what happened to Ariel). When this thing happened with our mare, we used DMSO and Frusison with wrapping cotten and vet wrap.

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