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    06-04-2012, 10:17 PM
Abscessed hoof

So I'm going to look at a new possible lease horse Wednesday. The owners told me she has an abscessed hoof, but the farrier said it will heal as her hoof grows out.....I'm so confused at this response. Shouldn't they be at LEAST soaking the hoof? I didn't think abscesses were just something that heals by "growing out". I will take some pictures of her hoof and post them here weds so you guys can help me decide if she's worth it. She is really close to my house and is 16HH which is good because I'm a bigger girl. She is an 10 yr old OTTB. Here are a couple photos if you guys want to inform me of any glaring faults. I know the pic isn't ideal for confo., but just if anything comes to mind about her. I want to use her for trails mainly and start a big of Western riding now.

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    06-06-2012, 12:14 AM
    06-06-2012, 01:31 AM
Depends on the abscess, how bad it is(maybe it's just a bruise?) where it is, whether it's burst etc as to whether I'd want to soak or such. Nothing 'glaringly obvious' able to be seen in that pic. I'm no body expert at all, but she's got quite a small hind quarter & looks like weak lumbar/sacro region, but the latter is likely with any OTTB IME.
    06-06-2012, 06:01 PM
Soaking an abscess is meant to draw it out, not heal it. I soak the hoof and wrap with icthammol until it bursts or my farrier digs it out(I prefer the first option). After that I leave it be, unless it's really big or the turnout area is muddy with no dry areas, in which case I'd wrap it. I prefer to leave them open after they burst, because they drain better. Also, they do not get stalled. The bacteria in a dirty stall is much worse thana paddock.
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    06-07-2012, 12:00 AM
I think they mean she had an abscess. The hoof will grow out and the hole it blew out of will heal.
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