Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Id personally rather have a little slit in the hoof wall that will grow down and cause no issue than a large hole in the sole exposing corium and have to clean protect and wrap and treat etc etc. The risk for infection is much greater when the sole is compromised as well is a weak spot for the horse a long time as the sole takes awhile to fill back in.
IME, abscesses blow within a few days to a week at the very most when treated as i have recommended. One that is taking weeks has probably been over treated or buted or there is something else going on. Most abscesses are small and resolve quickly.
JMO and there are always exceptions
Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)