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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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How to Detect an Abcess?

I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to check for/ what to look for when you suspect an abcess. Ocean has recently come up lame on one of his front legs and as he has been on vacation for a week(unrelated to lameness) I doubt its a stress injury (unless he pulled a dumby in the pasture). As of last night he is lame on sand footing and hard packed unlevel dirt but not on level concrete. There was a little heat in the one leg in the lower pastern/cornet area. There is no swelling in either leg. I couldn't see any marks on the soles of his hooves but I'm going to scrub them a bit more thoroughly tonight and have a better look. Any info would be appreciated :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 07:38 PM
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Have the vet check him out. Sounds a bit more like a strained ligament, but I'm not a Vet. The sound on level concrete but not on the other surfaces gives me that impression.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply. The Vet is coming out in the next couple days to check out another horse at the barn so I'll sneak Ocean in as well.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-08-2012, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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So the Vet was out on Wednesday and it turns out that Ocean's "Thoroughbred-ness" has kicked in and he has very tender soles. So the farrier is coming out and Ocean will be getting some shiney new shoes and hopefully he'll be good to go. In the mean time the Vet recommended his front hooves be packed with Magic Cushion to help protect them a bit.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-10-2012, 09:29 AM
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Our mare has just recovered from an abcess, caused by loose matting in her 1st box she was in, the whole yard except us thought it was laminitus as there was no sign of anything apart from some warmth around the ligament, the other people nagged us and nagged us to call the vet, in the end she burst the abcess while playing with the pony that shares her field, just as the vet arrived lol

The vet told us that we'd been doing everything right, I just wish other people had been there to hear it

Life's like that, that's the way it is.
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