Originally Posted by flyingchange1991 View Post
well ain't it just my luck she pulled up lame again :( but she could be faking it because she's done it before!!! But I think I might just have to get shoes on her,
Horses don't lie. They cannot 'fake it'. However, if for eg. She's been frequently lame long term & consistently been asked to work & then let off because of lameness, it's possible it could also become a learned behaviour.
I wouldn't personally put shoes on already unhealthy feet if I could help it. Would at least wait until they're healthier. Of course you need to make your own informed decision on this & to that end, I hope the link in my signature will help you get started.
The abscess always busts out the same spot (where the big yellow blob is on the hoof) and yes the farrier removes a lot of sole, ....The last time I had the farrier out he dug out some sole and found a big cavity where the abscess was and it was actually closer to the frog. I don't think its a rock that is trapped in there because logic tells me wouldn't it just grow out after a while? Like the cavity grew out?
The pic shows the abscess on the hairline & you say they always happen in the same spot, but then seem to be describing solar abscesses? Removing sole routinely can lead to solar abscesses, when the 'armour plate' is weakened & thinned, leaving the corium more open to bruising. For that reason & the risk of further infection, I don't like the practice of digging for abscesses either.
Loosie, do you think anti-biotics should be given when having an abcess? I've heard opinions both ways.
I put Easyboots on my horse yesterday, and she was better with them, but they seem to really squeeze the heels. Could this be a problem, or cause problems?
To be honest, I haven't looked into studies on antibiotcs for abscesses specifically, but IME these & anti-inflams can just suppress an infection, which can lessen but just prolong the problem. Antibiotics, while of course necessary in many infections, can also be very damaging to the horse's gut, relying mainly on bacteria to digest food. Therefore I would use them as sparingly as possible & don't consider them for abscesses *generally* necessary.
What sort of Easyboots? How's the fit & trim? Toes short enough & right to the front of the boots? Yeah, IME in some horses, ill fitting boots can bruise heels. Depending on the fit, pads or such can help.