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post #21 of 24 Old 02-16-2013, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by lightning View Post

Just wanted to ask a quick question: So, it is better to let the abscess blow out the top than to dig it out?

I wish I had known that. My vet recently dug out an abscess she said that was discovered 2 days before most are found. I thought that a weird thing to say. But there was just a little clear liquid coming out of a crack in the bottom of the hoof. It wasn't pus. My horse was very painful but it was hard to tell from where. She had colic as well. My vet said from the pain. She gave her bannamine. Told me to stall rest for 1 week and then hand walk only. I had to replace the diaper/duct tape boot in 48 hours and then every 48 for another week. At the change of my first boot, so 4 days later there was blood in the diaper. I called both the vet and the "farrier" at the time and both told me I probably either wrapped to tight (which I don't do) or that I cut her when removing the old wrap (which I didin't do).

Sorry to chime in here, but just wanted to share what happened with my horse and agree that it isn't good to ride them if they are hurting and I am glad you didn't ride your horse.

I also was wanting be sure of the abscess information from trinity because I was under the impression that it was some horrible neglect thing if the abscess blows out the coronet band. I am not trying to insult or anything here. I really just don't know.
Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
In general you want the abscess to blow out the top because it's easiest to keep it clean and draining. If it blows out the bottom it's nearly impossible to keep clean and is continually closing up and locking icky crap inside which invites more and more abscesses...
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I will always have either the vet of farrier cut into the sole for an abscess. The relief is instant for the horse whereas it can take weeks to break out of the coronary band. Secondly, you do not get any hoof wall damage which can and often does happen with a break out on the coronary band, thirdly gravity and weight pressure helps the drainage.

I prefer a larger hole cut than a smaller one, it allows for better drainage and stops it closing over. Once the muck is out then I will pack the hole with cotton wool and stockholm tar. Rarely is the horse unsound for more than a couple of days after opening it.

As for this horse, if it was not reacting to pressure then the farrier would not know where to release the pus from, of course it will be lamer because the pus is building up. Anyone who has had a whitlow on their fingernail will know how painful it is and the relief when it is lanced is great and instant. More so with a horse as we do not weight bear on our fingers!
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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
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One of our mares when dead lame on us about two months ago. It scared me cause she was walking three legged around her paddock. Thinking the worse we looked her up and down. No swelling no heat, nothing. Her hoof wasnt even warm. So we have both the vet and farrier out at the same time and both said absess even though there was no heat anywhere. I have never ever known my farrier to be wrong so whatever he says, goes. We turned her out in the large paddock with four other horses and in two days the absess had worked its way out the bottom of her hoof. Now she did not respond at all to hoof testers. She not once even so much as flinched. My mare didnt show any other symptoms of having an absess but being lame.
This makes me feel so much better.

Thank you for all the educational replies. I had another farrier out today to look over the previous farrier's job and she made a lot of corrections on her feet. Afterword I lunged my mare and though she was still gimping, she appeared to travel a lot more balanced (if that makes any sense at all).

I ended up soaking her foot in epsom salts and she is currently out in a big field where she can move around. Unfortunately I can't make the trip every day to soak and I'm really paranoid about leaving anything on her in the field, so I'd rather not wrap at this time. I plan on heading out every other day to soak her foot but I'm not willing to wrap her hoof up and leave it unattended/unsupervised for 48 hours, especially in a large field environment.

I took pictures of the previous farrier's job but now that the trim has been fixed, I'm not sure if its really worth tossing them up. I could if its requested, but I don't find its necessary now since that particular situation had been handled. New farrier said her feet were pretty uneven and the job looked really rushed.

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An absess IMO is not a huge ordeal. They come they go and yes they are painful. Sometimes you get a horse that is reluctant and will absess again. In my experience they come they go. I have never had issues with long term lameness. There isnt a whole you can really do for them. Soaking them in epsom just helps with soreness and draw the absess out but turning them out in a big pasture and letting nature run its coarse is the best way.
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