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    01-13-2012, 04:06 AM

Cassidy my 17hh ID x has had an abscess burst through the coronary band
The vet misdiagnosed him with a tendon injury Grrrrr I have had the vet and farrier out and they have opened up the hoof so flush it with saline solution every day.
I have bandaged it for the first time yesterday to stop it getting infected .I would like some opinions on how to help it heal and is it best for him to be on box rest considering he box walk (at speed)?
Any advice or experience with dealing with this would be fabulous in my whole time of owning horses and working on yards I have never had to deal with an abscess! Looked online and researched about then but always find actual people more helpful than an article
Thanks for your help
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    01-13-2012, 04:29 AM
Paha, mines just come back from having an absess on the coronet band.

I used rivanol tablets, disolved in water to help draw the pus out.

I'd get there in a morning, bridle and lunge line on and walk in hand on HARD surface for half an hour so sand can't get in.

Then, soak with warm water and hibiscrub for 20-30mins.

Then, my fave part- poultice -head desk-
I would it easier to get the wadding stuff, wrap it round the leg/hoof and not under, and then polowrap on top and then ducktape that to the hoof. It was the only thing I could do to keep in on Duffy, then pour the water/rivanol mix in until it drips out of the bottom.

At first I soaked and poulticed twice a day for about three days, then just once a day for two, then after that left it off as you need to let it dry out when its all out, and keep the bedding as clean as possible- she got two muck outs a day.
    01-13-2012, 04:58 AM
Thanks duffy :) Is there anything I can place in the gap they have created to stop bedding and dirt from getting in? Don't want to keep a bandage on it as it needs to dry out.I have been told to use manuka honey to help the healing process..... And iodine to help harden the hoof
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    01-13-2012, 05:03 AM
I was told poultice till everything is out, it started to close with the help of the rivanol, and now isn't even there so I had no problems with stuff getting in... as for the honey and iodine, can't comment!

DuffyDuck: What remains of the 'absess' which is not an 'absess'

As you can see.. the rivanol turned her foot yellow, still trying to groom it ou!
    01-13-2012, 05:13 AM
I will have to take picture of it, he has a gaping hole on his :( poor bubba. We go for walks daily as he is utterly bored in his stable! And not keen on being in

Oooh shall try rivanol :)
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    01-13-2012, 05:15 AM
Hah, Duffy turned in to a nightmare. She's used to getting 1h walker morning, and ridden for a good hour in the evening.. to a 30mins plod. She tried to boot my so many, many times- as soon as it ended, nothing.

That was a gaping hole on top, but the rivanol did its job well.. don't ever, ever sniff the poultice too deeply though. I was dry heaving hahaha!
    01-13-2012, 05:21 AM
Awwww least she os all better :) He is still nice to me....but has become a mad spook master, I just carry on and ignore him, he has been in since before christmas! Plus he is still a baby and in training so when his routine changes it affects him loads. Bless him hehehe
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    01-13-2012, 05:22 AM
Note to self don't sniff rivanol! Haha
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    01-13-2012, 05:42 AM
Lol its not the rivanol- its the pus!
    01-13-2012, 10:03 PM
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Why on earth did they dig it out after it broke on the coronet? The abscess had already resolved itself that natural way. If you do not have a foreign object in the hoof, they should break on the coronet and you do not need to open them up and make a bigger wound and a bigger problem. If you have one build up and break a second time, you need to x-ray to see if you have a gravel or a splinter or ??? Otherwise, it will heal up and the horse will be sound in a fraction of the time without bandaging or shoeing or padding and all that other junk.

Nature has been resolving abscesses this way for thousands of years. After the abscess breaks and drains on the coronet, it will dry up and will only leave a small 'blister' that will grow down the hoof. If it is near the heel, the blister will grow out to a point near the bottom of the hoof and the back quarter may fall out. Those hooves may require a shoe. I had one of those last year out of 5 or 6 abscesses. I had more than usual because of the wet weather followed by the mother of all droughts. Several horses had their feet dry out and crack on the bottoms like I had never seen before.

It has been almost 20 years since I had an abscess that required more attention than to just let it break on the coronet. That mare had stepped on a nail and it had hit her coffin bone and caused a spot of bone infection. It finally cleared up with 40 days straight of daily IV antibiotics. She took a year to become completely sound and I still have her now. She is 23 years old.

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