Originally Posted by Gidget
we just got a new horse and I was grooming her today and noticed(under some dirt that I scraped off) that there is a squisy abcess and is warm to the touch. I rinsed it off and I did the most idiotic thing..I went to cut it open to drain it and I forgot to sterilize!!!! She was in pain but I got some pus and blood out and it seemed to be draining. I also gave her some bute.
We are calling the vet tomorrow so we can get it checked out cause it looks pretty bad since I washed it. It smells and she twitches and limps. The owner said that she had a cut and she was fine so I took her word for it and I so I was groominh her and took a look at it and it's a lump.
Will she be forever lame cause of this?
You are doing the right thing to get your vet to the horse.
Many years ago I had a horse that I had turned out for a couple of months. When I brought her back in she was limping on the front foot. Just above the hoof line I discovered what I thought was an abscess. When I turned her hoof up the puss was also weeping from the underside. I could wash the injury with a syringe from the top and flush it right through the bottom of the hoof.
My vet gave her plenty of antibiotics but I had to syringe the wound every day (with a solution supplied by the vet) for about six months. Within about twelve months she was OK to ride and she lived go on cattle roundups for many years.
I hope your horse's injury is not as serious and you are riding her very soon.