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post #1 of 7 Old 09-02-2009, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Abcesses

My mare, Flower, has had about six or seven abcesses in the past two years I've had her. One in the front right, two in the back left, and the rest in her back right. They become much more recent since April, and we thought we'd put back shoes on her hoping that would help. We haven't been able to get them on yet. But I've been thinking before we do, that we should get x-rays done on her feet to see if there is something structurally wrong with them that's causing her to get so many abcesses.

Do you think it would be worth it? It would probably only cost around $200, and if there is something wrong we can (hopefully) do something to help it. Have any of you had experience with a horse abcessing so much? Did anything help them?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-02-2009, 12:24 PM
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i havent had any experience with a horse that repeatedly gets abcesses, but i think it would be a good idea to get as many "checks" done as possible to see if there is anything wrong
(i know that's easier said than done due to cost etc)
maybe ask your vet their opinion on what to do ?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-02-2009, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Our vet thinks it would be best to get her shoes with pads, which we do plan on doing. I was just curious as to what people here thought, and if they had dealt with a horse wtih a similar problem. What exactly do you mean by getting 'checks', like having the vet/farrier out to check her feet or to get the x-rays done?
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-02-2009, 12:55 PM
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yes i'd do both if i were you - have the farrier check her feet and have x-rays, just to be on the safe side

sorry i couldn't be more help
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I had the same issue with a horse of mine. Do you live in damper climate? I believe you said they start occuring or something of the sort in April? Chances are her hooves are continuously moist and there more are a prime target for absesses. What I was told to do by our vet was to apply iodine to my horses soles (avoiding the frog) as a preventative measure. Also when you believe your horse has developed an absess soak its foot in a mixture of epsom salt and warm water for about 20 minutes. Apply poultice (or animalintex much less mess) to the hoof and wrap with cling wrap and vet wrap. This will draw the infection out. Also I've been told a mixture of bran and warm water works as well.

Shoeing your horse may or may not cause issues. It worked on and off for my horse. Shoeing may apply pressure to the hoof(hooves) in question and lameness may be more apparent. But it may also cause relief.

I purchased shoe boots (forget the brand name) for my horse. He wore them when turned out and we removed them once he was in his stall.

If possible, make sure your horse avoids damp ground and keep its hooves dry. If all else fails have your vet stop by and check to make sure there not a more serious issue.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-02-2009, 01:25 PM
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I would definitely have some x-rays taken and then if you do decide to shoe your horse, I would request that the farrier and vet get in touch to discuss your horse's feet before shoeing. It's a good thing when everyone is in the loop.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-03-2009, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your advice :) I'm calling the vet sometime today and I'll ask about taking x-rays next time they come out.
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