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    12-18-2012, 05:35 PM
hoof abscess question

The other day I was picking up my fillys front left and she out of no where kneeled down and acted like how the heck did that happen. She's been off and on in regards to her gait 99.9% of the time she's fine then the .01% of the time she's off I usually chalk it up to her being young and dumb. She defiantly wasn't favoring her hoof yesterday as she was seen hauling butt around the pasture all day yesterday and being all around frisky due to a storm moving in. Then I went to the barn today and noticed my filly wouldn't run up to the gate like normal. So I knew something was up. I pulled her out she was defiantly favoring her front right, great. So I start to pick out her hoofs, starting with the front right. Everything looks normal but, there is minor heat coming from the right most portion of the collateral sulcus. Since I didn't have a poultice I made do and soaked her hoof in warm water and epsom salt (which she did not protest one bit to), scrubbed with a brush, then re soaked and put iodine on it. I let it dry then turned her back out to the pasture. Told the barn manager and she said she'll watch her but, I will be out there tomorrow morning to properly soak and dress her hoof...

Now for my question,

Tomorrow, should I just do the diaper poultice, bag, and duct tape routine and put her back into the pasture like I had planned so she gets her circulation goin' or should I put her on stall rest? She's obviously not being ridden, and I'm not 100% sure as of right now it's an abscess however, the farrier will be out today to confirm.

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    12-18-2012, 05:51 PM
If you believe it is an abscess (and not a sprain or bruise), there is no reason to stall her.
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    12-18-2012, 05:57 PM
Would there be heat coming from a sprain or a bruise? I ruled those out and deduced it was likely an abscess after I felt heat after cleaning it initially.
    12-18-2012, 06:06 PM
Heat comes from swelling and can be from any of the typical lameness reasons. It's pretty hard to accurately gauge heat in the hoof, though, so go with your gut as a start.
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