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    01-17-2010, 11:14 PM
tealamutt., KiWiGal77, PaintHorseMares, Thank You. All of your replies were hlepful.

tealamutt...Yes, it is totally doable for me to pick his feet 2x a day. Also, I agree...I feel a huge responsibility for my horse and in the end, I selfishly need to know that I have done everything within my means to care for them...I need a clear head...LOL!!!

KiWiGal77...thank you & I agree with you that turn-out is best for this. In 7 years, my farrier has never mentioned taking a hoof knife to horses foot. She has been very helpful and completely accessible.

PaintHorseMares...I was usiing a hoof product that has povidine in it, but during the wetness, I am going to take your suggestion and use povidine solution.
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    01-17-2010, 11:36 PM

Originally Posted by SeeinSpotz    
My moms mare Roxxi had an abcess about 4 years ago. The farrier came out and was trimming her and well there it was. It was his first time coming across an abcess as well. Well I had it wrapped in vet wrap and soaked it in epsom salt. It was new to me, and I was scared that I would hurt her but she was alright!

Yes, SeeinSpotz, I too was very scared...especially when I got the vet bill...HaHa!!! I am glad your Roxxi got better!!! Thank you for sharing your experience with me .
    01-17-2010, 11:51 PM
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
When the ground is continuously wet like it has been around here this year, the old timers all use betadine (iodine) on the sole/frog everyday.
Yep, that's helpful for preventing thrush & the likes, but won't help grow adequate sole thickness to protect the feet from stone bruises/abscesses.
    01-18-2010, 12:36 AM
Hey Btru,

Firstly, yes, of course you're welcome to continue picking our brains - that's what we're here for! If you can send some hoof pics and the xrays, that would help us give you more specific answers.

Sounds like he's probably on a good wicket diet-wise & now being on f/t turnout. Especially as it was a spring thing, I would suspect laminitis may have at least a part to play. Abscesses are one of the symptoms of IR type probs. I'm no kind of nutritional expert in the least & I use a fantastic service/program called which also has resident nutritionists & takes the headache & confusion out of balancing diets, especially for those with ailments. There are also heaps of great articles on the site relating to feeding & feedstuff. Eg. Sugars in pasture - there's less in early morn, so afternoon would be more appropriate for grazing muzzles. There is also a good website which has a lot of info on feeding lami-prone beasties.

It is very common for domestic horses to have weak, sensitive heels. This can start a whole field of balls rolling, such as horse tippy-toeing, losing natural shock absorbtion, foundering, heels growing longer &/or underslung, frogs getting thrushy & wasting away, or prolapsing in an attempt at ground pressure.... Abscesses can be one of many symptoms of heel weakness. I believe boots &/or pads are generally the best thing for getting a horse to *comfortably* use & therefore strengthen his heels and subsequently the rest of his feet.

Anyway, just some more food for thought. Hope it helps!
    01-18-2010, 09:04 AM

If you can send some hoof pics and the xrays, that would help us give you more specific answers.

Yes, I will send some pics of the foot. The radiographs are on a CD. I will send within the next day or so...please give me some is rather new to me. Thank you.
    01-18-2010, 01:03 PM

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