I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with a recurring abscess. My mare Lilly has been healthy as a... well, horse for the last 11 years. For whatever reason, in the last 4 months, she keeps on getting an abscess in the same foot. The vet's been out, done X-rays, we've given her antibiotics and it seems to somehow resurface. The vet confirmed she is not laminitic and there aren't any other underlying issues that she can see that would cause her to be lame.
Has anyone ever had this happen before? Is it just coincidence that this is happening in the same foot and all of her years of never needing a vet are now just compounding into the last 4 months? She is staying with a friend of mine right now and she was going to soak her foot in warm water and epsom salts and then attempt to make an epsom salt poultice and secure it to her foot. I'm almost wondering if the snow and ice have not allowed the abscess to fully drain and that's why it keeps resurfacing. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this? Any suggestions on what could be done?