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    02-27-2012, 05:34 PM
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I may run by tractor supply and see if there is a ready made mix. Otherwise I do have the stuff to make an epson salt paste. Doesn't sound too terribly hard! :)
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    02-27-2012, 08:24 PM
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I am going to try this next time....hopefully won't be a next time though.
That's what I say, hopefully there isn't a next time. It worked well. He said he's seen good success using it for white line & bad thrush cases too.
    02-27-2012, 08:39 PM
Good tips there. In all the years of owning horses, not one absess. Uh oh I said it! Dang!
    02-27-2012, 08:40 PM
You just jinxed yourself Wares. I've dealt with 3 in the last 5 or 6 years, only remember one in the 20 before that.
    02-27-2012, 10:46 PM
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Pistol has had 2 abscesses in the 25 years I've had him. At six, Riley is on his second!

I made a vet appointment for tomorrow. Today I soaked Riley and then I turned him out in the yard to graze while I cleaned stalls and set up feed for tomorrow. Pistol was begging to come out so I let him... That 28 year old beast took off like a mad man! He raced around bucking and being silly, which of course got my three legged lame beast going. All the racing around popped the abscess though. There was yucky bloody ooze coming out of the heal bulb so I'm hoping that by morning he'll be feeling way better and I'll be able to cancel my vet appointment.....
    02-28-2012, 04:23 AM
For the 'Tubbing' use hand hot water in a shallow bowl add a good handful of Epsom Salts.

Scrub the foot clean and place in the bowl of water, try not to have the water so deep that it goes over the coronary band as you want to encourage the abscess to drain downwards.

Disposable nappies are brillient as a containment for the poultice, I usually use the premade poultices like 'Animalintex' purely because it is easy to use. You can use equal volume of grated soap and sugar, mix together with a small amount of water and apply to the abscess, cover and wrap well. Below is a really cheap and effective poultice boot, wears well and helps keep the moisture in to draw the abscess.
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    02-28-2012, 07:00 AM
I would suggest farrier over vet- and don't bute or antibiotics either, as it can form a capsule around anything left of the absess, and it won't pop..

Soak for 20mins in epson salts- I walked Duffy on hard ground for 20mins before soaking so a)she got the swelling in her leg down b)bit of excercise and c) see if it would loosen/encourage more stuff to come out.

Soaked, and then I couldn't use a diaper- none big enough, and she scraped them off, so used some huge cotton wool thing, wrapped it round and taped it to her hoof, normal bandage around to keep it in place and duck taped that, then used a rivanol tablet that had been disolved in water- poured that in as it encourages stuff to come out (however DOES stain foot yellow xD) and it cleared in 4 days... once you're confident nothing else is coming out, and the absess 'hole' is starting to heal, I would maybe leave the poultice off during the day, and put a dry one on in the evening, and soak for a couple of days after just so nothing nasty gets in!

Hope it clears ;)
    02-28-2012, 08:33 AM
I buy a tub of epsom salt poultice from my vet. It doesnt look very big, but it lasts me a long time ! Its like a green thick gel. You just soak the foot with epsom salts, then slather a bunch of the poultice on, then wrap with vet wrap, and duct tape. No diapers or pads needed.
    02-28-2012, 11:00 AM
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I cancelled my vet appt because the abscess is draining. Vet suggested continued soaking and ichthomal. I'm planning to turn him out tomorrow but to stall each night. I'll continue wtih the soaking and ichthomal until he is sound. I ordered a new tube of bute just because I am low. Farrier is coming on Thursday and I think we are going to put steel shoes on him. (Shoe season I use aluminum).
    02-28-2012, 07:09 PM
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
i buy a tub of epsom salt poultice from my vet. It doesnt look very big, but it lasts me a long time ! Its like a green thick gel. You just soak the foot with epsom salts, then slather a bunch of the poultice on, then wrap with vet wrap, and duct tape. No diapers or pads needed.
I had that stuff too..the green slime, I can't remember the name of it.
I also used it when I had horses with Pigeon Fever to draw out the abcesses.

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