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post #11 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 02:17 PM
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It could either be the following:

-overgrown bars in the hoof
-abcess
-sprained something
-pulled a muscle

Try getting your farrier to do something about the bars if he hasn't already, I know a horse that was constantly getting lame, and nobody knew why, then we got a new farrier and she did work on the bars, because they were overgrown, and he hasn't been lame since. (a horse that was consistantly lame on and off for 2 years, has not been lame for the past 3-4 months now)
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post #12 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 02:19 PM
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You can try to draw the abscess by soaking in Epsom salts or packing the hoof. I pack with Epsom salt poultice and a mixture of pine tar and iodine, but there's lots of stuff you could use. I've unfortunately had my laminitic mare abscess on all four at least 2x, and more on her right front. The hoof packing usually helps her be more comfortable and can speed up the process, IMO.

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post #13 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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We'll probably get the farrier to open it tomorrow.
I wouldn't exactly call it resting his front foot.... more reluctance to put it down. I probably should have said that before, but yeh.
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It could either be the following:

-overgrown bars in the hoof
-abcess
-sprained something
-pulled a muscle

Try getting your farrier to do something about the bars if he hasn't already, I know a horse that was constantly getting lame, and nobody knew why, then we got a new farrier and she did work on the bars, because they were overgrown, and he hasn't been lame since. (a horse that was consistantly lame on and off for 2 years, has not been lame for the past 3-4 months now)
I am quite sure its the abscess. I think the farrier has worked on the hoof bars. He's an excellent farrier, and diddlys feet have improved since I got him.
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post #15 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 02:34 PM
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DONT have farrier go digging for abcess let it blow out on its own.Been there done that and not good would never let any farrier dig an abcess out or a vet.
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ok.. I won't. How long do you reckon he;ll be off work?
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post #17 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 02:58 PM
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My mare was lame on the abscessing foot for three weeks once before it blew, but most of the abscesses I've dealt with blow within a few days of the horse becoming noticeably sore. It depends on the horse and the abscess I guess.

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Okey Dokey... I will update soon :)
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post #19 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 03:54 PM
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I have been told if you can find it find it and open it (The farrier opens it I mean). You should then just poultice it out and it only takes a couple of days to heal if cared for properly. It can take up to a month to find its own way out and the horse is in pain all that time. The least you can do is poultice it in my opinion because that helps draw it out.
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post #20 of 41 Old 10-25-2013, 03:59 PM
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Treating an Abscess - HorseChannel.com

As it says in some cases it is not good to soak the hoof. This is the website that best describes what i usually do and as said above I also get the vet out sometimes and if he finds in quikly he opens it but our farrier really is the best you can get so he really knows what he's doing.
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