Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I was always under the impression that it is more painful for an absess to work it's way out, then to have the Vet dig it out. Funny, one of the 2 teenaged girls in my "Pony Club" asked why I have a bag with disposable diapers and duct tape. Though I've only had 3 absesses, my first Vet dug the absessed hoof out with a hoof knife to release the pus, then had me diaper it and secure with duct tape, changing the bandage every day until the would had suffiently closed. (The horse was on stall rest throughout the healing time.)
I haven't had enough experience with absesses to know if Epson salts would help, but I bet they do. You are right to take this seriously, you know, "no hoof, no horse." I'm sorry you're going to miss riding time.