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  • Bruising around abscess
  • "heat in hoof" two months

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    11-07-2011, 09:20 AM
Without further testing, it would be impossible to say whether or not this was the same abscess or a new one. However, I've seen horses have difficulty getting a large abscess to drain thoroughly. If the abscess doesn't drain out well, it can certainly hang around a while.

I would follow your vet's advice, but I would also encourage you to let your horse get some light exercise - not riding, of course. The near constant movement of the horse grazing in the pasture or lot will do a lot to help bring the abscess to a head and let it drain.
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    11-07-2011, 08:18 PM
Originally Posted by SaratogaTB    
Vet said wait for three days of soundess before putting shoe back on.
Why 3 days? If it's more than 'just' a simple abscess, I'd personally be keeping the shoes off until the foot/feet are healthy & strong. Hoof boots are generally appropriate for protection in the meantime.

Vet said he is still abscessing and its just not finished and to continue the soaking and icth wraps, which we are doing. Has anyone had experience with one right after the other? Is this the same abscess, or another one? She also told me it could come out somewhere else this time.
Yeah, unfortunately as you've heard, it's not that uncommon. Abscesses can be a 'one off' type 'accidental' affair - the horse kicked a hard rock or stepped heavily on something particularly pointy for eg - or they can signify bigger issues, such as separation, major 'seedy' infections, etc. If they keep coming, or the horse is 'prone' to them, there is far more likelihood of the abscesses being a symptom of something else. Therefore I'd second Bubba & Dee's advice, that some testing should be done. I'd want to find a really good hoof care professional, whether or not that's your current vet or farrier. You could post some hoof pics too which would help give us a better idea about what may be happening.

I also second Dee's advice about keeping the horse out. He may not want to move much right now in the paddock & I don't believe in forcing a sore horse, but the more movement he gets, the better, so I wouldn't coop him up.
    11-09-2011, 11:43 AM
We are letting him walk around in a soft footing area as much as he wants. However, I am keeping him alone so other horses don't bother him while he is going through this.

The xrays show a perfectly clean foot and leg, no coffin bone issues,etc. Vet could not see the abscess on the xray, which I have heard is not unusual. She evaluated him yesterday and said she expects it will come out the coronary band soon. A few "red dots" have appeared in that area which indicated the infection will exit there. As a precaution, he is on antibiotic. No swelling whatsoever in the leg. Mild heat in hoof and slightly raised digital pulse.

This happened because of the trauma to the foot when he grabbed his shoe then came down hard on a bent shoe. Poor boy, he looked miserable when I got there yesterday but after some soaking and tlc he was comfortable when I left. He does seem to feel better after some hand walking.
    11-10-2011, 08:49 AM
Vet reports that digital pulse is 0/5 in RF (the healthy hoof) and 1/5 if LF (the one with abscess) She said that is considerably down from last week. Heat very centralized over area of abscess and hoof tester reaction to that specific spot only. Walk normal, still slight head bob at trot. She said that there is a 1.5 inch area at coronary band ready to open and drain, and said she expects it to happen soon. Continue icth wraps and espom soaks.

So, how can she tell an area is ready to open? How does that present itself?

She has also injected him with an antibiotic and will do it again tomorrow. Because its been hanging around for nearly a month, she feels its a good precautionary measure. The powder antibiotic gave him the runs, so we switched to another one.

Abscessing for one month now.
    11-11-2011, 02:35 PM
I am so sorry to hear its still going on. I know nothing about this stuff and am following and I feel so heartbroken you guys is still going through with this.

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