Originally Posted by dkordis
thinking it is just an abcess or gravel that instead of coming out the sole of the hoof, it entered the cut on the coronary band and has exited the heel of the hoof under the bulbs. I am wanting to do an epsom slat poulitice
Abscesses don't do that, if I understand what you mean correctly - again, pics would help. If there was an abscess on the coronet band, it would have *caused* the 'cut' or hole there. That would be where it burst. Sometimes these exit holes can get infected with opportunistic bugs, which would be likely to turn the hole into a crack as it grew down/out.
If the other hole on her heel is also an exit hole from an abscess - again, just educated guess - this is another, separate abscess, nothing to do with the first, except considering that they may both be an indication of major hoof illness. Abscesses do come about 'just because' as one offs from stone bruises or such, of which the heel one could be from, but if the horse is prone to them and particularly when they appear at the coronet, this is possibly just the small 'symptom' of a bigger problem. Again, that's why pics & more info - on feeding, lifestyle, environment etc would be good.
If the abscesses have already burst - there are holes - then you don't need to poultice or soak. That is what you do to help the abscess burst. Instead I'd be using something mild such as ACV and packing the solar hole (if it's in the sole, not frog) with something like that clay(sorry, forgot the name) for a few days, to keep infection at bay until more horn material can grow from the corium.