Did abscess drain??
Ok, I have been dealing with this abscess for over a month now. Been through all the poulticing, Icthommol, soaking, vet, special farrier etc.....Now there is a definite hole in his sole, near the back, frog pushes down very soft. He is walking better, but not 100% I have been soaking with a water iodine mix and then flushing the hole with antiseptic. I never saw any drainage from the hoof. My problem is that it is very muddy here because of all the rain we have had all through the summer and fall. We have put down a layer of gravel around the feeding and water area and the horses have free run in into their stalls which have rubber mats, but I don't see anyway to keep the abscess site clean. I have an easy boot for him, but I'm not sure that it won't do more harm than good, especially if something gets stuck in there. I have tried wrapping it in duct tape, but it is so wet here that it just falls off by days end. I guess what I'm asking is do you think it will heal without re-infecting if it is not covered and also, could it have drained without my knowledge or might the abscess still be "full"?? When I push on the area, nothing comes out.
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