09-15-2011, 07:00 PM
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How long does a hoof abscess take to heal??
My horse, Apollo, went dead lame on his right hind on August 5th, 2011. The next day we had the vet out and he decided it was an abscess. He dug a small hole in the toe area of his hoof and a little bit of pus came out. So we started soaking it in epsom salts for 30 minutes twice a day and wrapping it with Mag-60 whenever it wasn't being soaked. On the 8th the abscess blew out at his coronet. It's a pretty large crack where it blew out. He got better throughout the week but not 100%. We kept soaking it and wrapping it for another week and a half and he got better but still not 100%. So fast forward to today, the 15th. He has good days and bad days. Yesterday was pretty bad. He's still running to the gate when I call so I know it must not hurt too bad but, his trot is extremely gimpy. He's a showmanship machine and he usually has perfect pivots but he's having a lot of trouble. His back is really good though. I don't want to push him so I'm basically just hand walking him right now. He's lost a ton of muscle since he's not getting a normal workout but that doesn't really worry me. We are showing at Congress in a little over a month and I'm starting to wonder if he will be healed up in time. It is supposed to take this long to heal? Any suggestions on what I should do?