Firstly, not meaning to sound terse, but some things you've said in this thread are ringing huge alarm bells...
Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl View Post
I trust my farrier so please don't farrier bash mine.
I didn't get the feeling anyone was 'bashing' anyone, but I agree 1000% that I'd be quite concerned about farriers giving that sort of advice. Digging abscesses can sometimes be for the best, but even very knowledgeable, skilled professionals that do it frequently can run into problems, & in many situations it's more problematic than it's worth to gouge holes.
She's a very honest and knowledgeable woman and knows that I'm capable enough to do something like this... pretty much anyone who's been around horses long enough is.
Beg to differ 1000%!!! Many farriers & vets show themselves to be incompetent about digging abscesses, let alone the average horse owner! So perhaps you are truly extremely knowledgeable, competent & confident to do this & your farrier knows this - so I'd have to ask why are you here asking advice then? (Genuine question, not trying to be rude)
That being said after speaking with her she said that it would help relieve the pressure to drain it and speed healing which is why she suggested this in the first place. However, she did say that this is under the stipulation that the abscess in question is near the surface.
That being said, yes, it can sometimes be beneficial to open them. I wouldn't bother if the horse has only been lame for a couple of days with it - they usually don't take long to resolve if you soak their foot or such & allow/give them free movement. I would not confine or bute a horse with an abscess. I would first want to be absolutely without a doubt certain about where exactly it is & how deep, that I had a clean, sterile environment to keep the horse & her foot in for at least a few days afterwards, time depending on where/how you cut.
mag paste and continue that for a week or two.
Where exactly is it? Why do you think it's happened? With good treatment, they *generally* don't take long to resolve - I'd be hoping under a week, & if it went on for 2 or more, I'd be calling the vet in, as it could be something more serious.