"Killer Abscess" Anyone have this ever happen to their horse? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 23 Old 09-06-2012, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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"Killer Abscess" Anyone have this ever happen to their horse?

So a few months ago, my mom's prospect somehow poked herself right above her foot. We watched it carefully but it formed into an abscess. We took her to the vet and did everything we were told.
It didn't get better.
So we took her to the equine vet that lived far away from hus.
It turned out she got something called a "killer abscess." So now, her hoof is going to be cut off. =/

Has everyone had this ever happen?
How did your horse come back from it?
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post #2 of 23 Old 09-07-2012, 08:29 AM
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What! That sounds so awful!
I have never heard of this before, so I am no help... but I just wanted to send you some good luck jingles.
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Are they actually cutting the hoof off? Never heard of such a thing before.
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post #4 of 23 Old 09-07-2012, 08:46 AM
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So sorry this happened.
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post #5 of 23 Old 09-07-2012, 11:01 AM
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I think that "killer abscess" is just a phrase like "killer headache."

They are going to cut her hoof off???? Please provide more information and detail and pics about this. I have never heard of cutting a hoof off. Maybe it was a typo? Or an exaggeration?
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post #6 of 23 Old 09-07-2012, 01:04 PM
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I've never heard of a hoof getting cut off either

Will they put on a prosthetic foot?
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post #7 of 23 Old 09-07-2012, 01:08 PM
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Do you mean a hoof resection where they remove some bad areas to help it drain?
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Do you mean a hoof resection where they remove some bad areas to help it drain?
I think they must mean that because actually cutting off the whole hoof isn't really a fair thing to do to a horse - better than death maybe but thats all relative I suppose
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post #9 of 23 Old 09-07-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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I'm just relaying what i've been told.

Obviously she's not getting her whole hoof taken off. that's just like having a leg taken off--which means she'd have to be put down.
It's not my horse. I'll ask for more details when I get a chance however.
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post #10 of 23 Old 09-11-2012, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Okay so finally I got the whole story today.

She still has the hoof.
What is going to happen is that the abcsess was so severe that her hoof is going to fall off. :(
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