Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
Hoof abscess - finally at a loss
I am having hoof issues with my draft mare Smoke and I am greatly frustrated by the whole thing. Were going on 5 weeks now, I have had nothing but issue with this and I am starting to find I am at a loss as to get it to heal and go away. A piece of the sole is indented in, but farrier didn't want to cut it away as it protects what is underneath, he felt if we kept treating and keeping it wrapped it will eventually heal.
While the farrier was here, he said it was a pretty substantial abscess, to keep it packed and wrapped. I got Banixx as it isn't costic to the tissue, helps heal the wound or hoof problem your having. I even called them and talked at length about what was going on. Each evening when I clean it and put the cotton ball back in the indention (hole) that is there due to the abscess, it is soaked with the Banixx.
About a week or so ago, while trying to clean it out Smoke kicked her leg out to get me to let go, the hoof pick end went right up into that and it bled a decent amount, roughly about 15 or so cc of blood. Packed it, put the cotton batting, vet wrap, and duct tape boot. All was well, it stopped bleeding and she was standing on it fine.
Last night, cut away the duct tape boot, looked at the cotton that I pack in the hole and it is DRAINING again!!! :roll: At this point I want to cry! I tried to flush it with the Banixx but when I did she started trying to jerk her hoof away from my husband, knocked the syringe out of my hand and then she started dripping blood...that is what concerns me out of everything. So I put a clean dry cotton ball, a 4x4, vet wrap and duct tape boot. Again, she is walking normal. This morning she is slightly off, if you watch Smoke walk you can pick up a slight gimp to her hind step.
She is on antibiotics, Unaprim (sp?), I am keeping the hoof clean, I wrap it every night, and I am at a loss of what else to do. I don't want to cut into her hoof, I know some are over zealous with a hoof knife...but the constant arguing with her to give me the hoof and wrap and pack is getting old to her AND to my back.
Anyone ever dealt with a bad abscess like this before? What did you do? I asked about sugardine and soaking, but with how we deal with thrush if the hoof stays too moist, I am hesitant to start that back up again..the soaking I mean.