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post #1 of 3 Old 09-10-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Need help! Abscess, soreness, and more!

Hi, I can't find any information SPECIFIC to my situation with my tb gelding. I'm looking for any and all input. It would be extremely appreciated.

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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post #2 of 3 Old 09-12-2013, 05:26 AM
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Hi,

Need more info, starting with good hoof pics. See link in signature for what's needed there. Any chance of including the xrays? Also info on diet, nutrition & what work/environment he has now.

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1) is it normal or the abscess to still be draining after a week And a half?
Yes, can be. Depends what exactly is going on. Sounds severe.

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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?
Maybe lame in hind for that reason, or maybe just the turn of one of the hinds, if his feet are so bad generally. No, if he's hurting, don't force him to exercise, unless you can make him comfortable with padding & on yielding ground, for eg.

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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?
Without further info not sure, but sounds like you mean it goes up from the sole, through the laminae? If so, I'd consider having the farrier resect it & treat it for seedy toe. If it goes into live tissue, it's important for treatment to be non-necrotising. Soaking in an Epsom salts solution can be good. Also depends on environment as to how I'd manage it.

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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?
Again without further info, can only say I'd personally not be inclined to put shoes on him. It is quite likely peripheral loading with conventional rims, combined with lifestyle & extreme exercise as a racehorse, to such an immature body/hooves are what caused his problems. Yes, I'd use boots &/or pads whenever necessary, to provide protection & support. However if he's on pasture/yielding footing, not rocky, he should be fine in the paddock.

With proper management & loading of P3 & lots of comfortable exercise, bone density should start to improve. A horse's heels don't *begin* to grow strong until they're around 4yo, so he'll need protection on some surfaces for a while yet, even once they're healthy.
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I agree pretty much with everything that has been said. If his hooves have been severely damaged internally (which beginning pedal osteitis speaks for) abscessing is a normal process of healing and getting rid of the necrotic material inside the hoof capsule. Having said that, it is impossible to say without pictures if his hoof capsule is now setup correctly, so that the hoof can heal, or if it is still cause of damage internally. So I would invest a few hours and get really good pictures at correct angles and good lighting (take a helper to the barn), if you want to get down to the problem. Also, give details on his feeding.
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