"Killer Abscess" Anyone have this ever happen to their horse?

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    09-07-2012, 12:47 AM
"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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    09-07-2012, 09:29 AM
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.
    09-07-2012, 09:38 AM
Are they actually cutting the hoof off? Never heard of such a thing before.
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    09-07-2012, 09:46 AM
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So sorry this happened.
    09-07-2012, 12:01 PM
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?
    09-07-2012, 02:04 PM
I've never heard of a hoof getting cut off either

Will they put on a prosthetic foot?
    09-07-2012, 02:08 PM
Do you mean a hoof resection where they remove some bad areas to help it drain?
    09-07-2012, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by natisha    
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 that's all relative I suppose
    09-07-2012, 05:44 PM
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.
    09-11-2012, 07:12 PM
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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