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post #1 of 9 Old 06-10-2009, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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abcess and shore foot need help

Yes every year summer time my horse gets abcess in same foot, its starting again, we get rain and hoofs get soft maybe causing it to get bruised, but should it be in same foot all the time.

Ok use to soak twice a day epson salt then rape it, now I have made a epson salt paste rape and put her easy boot on.

Any suggestions on what I should be doing, need help please.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-10-2009, 10:32 AM
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I would talk with a vet to see what is going on.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-10-2009, 12:22 PM
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I read in article I think it was in the QH member magazine that talked about a cronic problem with a horse. The horse continued to show signs of illness and then recover and relapse over and over. It finally came down that the owner was going to put the horse down because they had litterally done everything possible to try to help the horse, especially return visits back and forth from the vet. IT was until the vet recommened one last set of X-rays. Before the same set of X-rays (on the jaw/cheek line) showed nothing that could be causing a continous infection. However this last set of X-rays (taken at a different angle) showed a piece of wire in the jaw/cheek. Once that was removed, the horse healed up and was pain free and is living.

You might ask the vet for a set of X-rays to check the hoof and bones. If you already have another set to compare to, this might help you solve your problem.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-10-2009, 03:05 PM
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Icthamol is amazing, u put it on the foot before you wrap it and it draws out all the pus and nasty stuff.

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I read that too, it was in this months Equus.

I would be trying to get to the bottom of repeat abcesses. What your doing is fine but why is it happening each year? Diet, hoof condition, crappy farrier, how he's housed???
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-10-2009, 05:17 PM
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My draft gets abscesses. I hear a lot of Perchies that have them. Some of it is due to cracks in the hoofs and bacteria or objects getting into the cracks and creating abscesses.

The best thing you do is feel the hooves regularly for heat so you can tell if one is coming on. Soak it in warm water and Epsom salt, then get a diaper, put some epsom salt in the bottom and wrap it up with duct tape and change it once a day.

My vet says sometimes there doesn't seem to be a specific reason a horse will chronically get them. They just seem more prone.

Is your horse barefoot? Try to make sure that you keep the hooves cleaned very well anytime you walk across gravel/dirt/paved areas.
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Yep, ichthomal is what you're missing. After soaking the hoof, pack the entire hoof bottom with the smelly, sticky stuff. Duct tape the hoof and cover it, and then use a hoof boot to keep it all clean. The ichthomal will draw out the abscess is a few days. It's messy and you have to change it every soaking, but it works. After it bursts, just keep soaking twice a day in epsom until it starts to harden over.

There's a new product out there by 3M I think. It's a pad you put on the hoof to draw out the abscess. Same concept as ichthomal, but you only have to change it every few days and no soaking involved. I haven't tried it yet, but I hear it works.

For abscess prevention, assuming the debris is entering via nail holes, for $3 you can buy one of those wax rings that plummers use to install toilets. Put a little wax over each nail hole and that will help seal up any vulnerable areas. Reapply as necessary.
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post #8 of 9 Old 06-10-2009, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck View Post

There's a new product out there by 3M I think. It's a pad you put on the hoof to draw out the abscess. Same concept as ichthomal, but you only have to change it every few days and no soaking involved. I haven't tried it yet, but I hear it works.
The pads have been out for years and work great. I smoother the sole with ichthomal, put the dampened pad in the bottom of a soak boot then slip the hoof into the soak boot. (which by the way soak boots will be the best $30 you ever spend, no more duct tape) The pads can not be left on for more than 12 hours at a time.
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I've used the ichthomal with great success as well. Don't have the easy boots, I just use a diaper. I cover the bottom of the hoof with the ichthomal, put the foot in the diaper, and tape it up.

Change it daily. It really does draw out the infection.
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