Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Spring Hill Florida
• Horses: 0
Okay, please don't hit me! If a horse is lame from an abcess, why trim her? It will be more painful because the sole is closer to the ground.
I would shoe her for a while and give her bute for a week and see what happens. It would also make it easier to pack in some ichthamol , and wrap her hoof to draw that abcess out. Once that's done, stop the bute and see what happens. I would also , abcess gone, start using some durasole to get those soles hardened up, so if you go barefoot again, you have some defense. And biotin.
If your horse CONtinues to get abcesses, she may need shoes to get her soles further off the ground. Barefoot's desirable , but some horses need some methods to stop further damage.
Right now, I have a farrier and a vet that believe barefoot is best unless shoes are really needed, they will say so. That's why I don't have trimmers because I want what's best for my horse-even if it's shoes, and some trimmers will say that it all can be fixed barefoot. Sometimes it can't, or the need for shoes is temporary.
I live in Florida, on sugar sand, or grass. Not really a need for shoes, but would get them in a minute if she needed them.
Food for thought..........
Last edited by princessfluffybritches; 02-16-2013 at 11:28 AM.