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        07-18-2011, 07:18 AM
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    Foal
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    I have a very sweet 21 year old stallion who I have owned for 2 years and known for 6. Earlier this year, he got an absess (sp?) and the vet put a poultice on it, and said it would be fine and should heal well. Then it got infected, and Banjo was on antibiotics and the like. Then it got worse, and we had to remove part of his hoof to try to stop the infection. Now its even worse, and the vet said, to be honest, he didn't think the hoof would last and it would rot away (or words to that effect - I wasn't there, my mother was, She knows what she's doing and is a horse nut like myself). Now poor old Bee is back on anti biotics and Bute, and the vet reckons the hoof is healing but its been around 4 months since the initial absess and has got me thinking - will it ever heal? Can Banjo's old body fight the infection? Being a 21 y/o with three unsound legs (from tendon injury), is it wise to keep spending the money on him?
         
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        07-18-2011, 09:19 AM
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    Wow, what a stressful thing to go thru,..., for Banjo and you.
    What does your farrier say about it?
    Have you thought of getting any 2nd opinions?
    Not saying that your vet isn't doing all he can do, but sometimes a fresh look at things might lead to a different approach,.., ??

    Hope it heals soon.
    Healing thoughts for Banjo
         
        07-18-2011, 10:33 AM
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    Green Broke
    Can you try to get a culture of the drainage? Maybe a different antibiotic is needed. 21 is not too old to fight an infection with help.
         
        07-18-2011, 12:06 PM
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    Originally Posted by MadamKing    
    I have a very sweet 21 year old stallion who I have owned for 2 years and known for 6. Earlier this year, he got an absess (sp?) and the vet put a poultice on it, and said it would be fine and should heal well. Then it got infected, and Banjo was on antibiotics and the like. Then it got worse, and we had to remove part of his hoof to try to stop the infection. Now its even worse, and the vet said, to be honest, he didn't think the hoof would last and it would rot away (or words to that effect - I wasn't there, my mother was, She knows what she's doing and is a horse nut like myself). Now poor old Bee is back on anti biotics and Bute, and the vet reckons the hoof is healing but its been around 4 months since the initial absess and has got me thinking - will it ever heal? Can Banjo's old body fight the infection? Being a 21 y/o with three unsound legs (from tendon injury), is it wise to keep spending the money on him?
    i think I will
         
        07-18-2011, 08:05 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks a lot guys
    I don't know if it is draining, as I'm living away from home at the moment and Banjo is at our home property. Before the hoof started to rot, we had a farrier out and he didnt even notice the absess hole (cue weird look) until I pointed it out. And he said the same thing, that it was minor and should heal well. But we haven't had the farrier since as Banjo wears his feet down well himself and doesn't need as much trimming as others. I love Banjo dearly, don't get me wrong, and putting him down isn't an option, but he hasn't had the easiest of lives (when I first met him, he was malnourished, underweight, abuse case, with big pus filled holes in his side from spurs, etc) and we want him to have a good life until his time comes. As for asking other vets, the only other vet in the area is very expensive, and honestly, one vet to pay is enough! But if it doesn't improve then I will most definitely get another vet, just in case
         

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