First, my tb recently came off the track back in may. He's four years old. He came to me with horrible feet, super short and chipping. He was fine in June and July, until the last week of July.
This is when he came up extremely lame. Wouldn't put any weight on his hoof. Had the farrier take a look, he tried to located the abscess and vent it. He wasnt able to. The vet came out and tried to locate it. He took X-rays. Which showed consistent with early pedal ostietis. Two weeks after coming up lame he blew out in five different places. He was sound again until the frog and sole starte shedding. When he came up lame the farrier took of the shedding sole and frog. He abscessed again and blew out two days late. This was a week and a half ago.
Now I have several questions.
1) is it normal or the abscess to still be draining after a week And a half?
2) during all this, he's become off on his hind from balancing to keep weight off his hoof on the front. He's now walking very awkward. Should I be walking him or anything to loosen his hind up?
3) since he abscessed in his toe, there's now a hole at the toe about 1 1/2 inch long and the hoof pick goes into the hole about halfway. You can see laminea. Is there anything I should be doing and can be doing to this to help it heal better or relieve pain?
4) I can't put shoes on him, not to mention I don't like shoes, but for the pedal ostietis, I have boots for when he is worked but is there anything I should be doing for when he is turned out?
Any and all input is appreciated. Thanks.
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