Does this look like an Abscess?

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    07-02-2012, 02:53 AM
Does this look like an Abscess?

Ok so We had the farrier out last monday and He said if Blaze's foot was going to abscess it would come out on the top of his hoof next to the cornet band. Well I got out to the barn today and Blaze had this place on his hoof. Is this what Hoof fixing to abscess looks like? I've never dealt with an abscess before so I don't know what I'm looking for.
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    07-02-2012, 04:56 AM
Is he super lame on that foot? Did the lameness come on pretty suddenly?
Abcesses are like that. I haven't seen one come through the coronet band, but I know it happens.
    07-02-2012, 05:08 AM
He was lame for 2 weeks after he kicked that stupid barrel and now he walks semi normal but still holds that hoof when he stands.
    07-02-2012, 05:21 AM
I'm not sure. If it is an abcess, it isn't draining and maybe all that remains after it has healed. Abcesses are infections of tissue and generally form pus pockets that are either lanced or burst on their own and drain. Occassionally they don't drain and can cause sepsis or blood poisoning. If you google hoof abscess and select images on the upper right hand side of the page it will show pictures of abscesses. Perhaps that will help you to make a diagnosis.
    07-02-2012, 07:10 AM
Better safe than sorry to have a vet come check.
    07-02-2012, 10:18 AM
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That is what a hoof looks like after the abscess has broken. You will not usually see drainage unless you are there right after it breaks. That little blister will just grow down the hoof. The coronet will return to normal and the hoof will not have a permanent scar like a cut on the coronet produces.

Your horse should stop limping on it. If he is still lame (at all) in another week, you should have the Vet out and have him x-ray it to see if there is something in there like a 'gravel' working its way up the hoof.
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    07-02-2012, 10:23 AM
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I agree with Cherie. That's actually an old abscess that's already burst. If your horse go's severely lame fairly quickly without any heat or swelling then that is a good sign that you may be dealing with an abscess. On occasion you will have swelling but for the most part, with a "normal" abscess, you are going to get a sudden onslought of lameness. It might even be so bad that you think your horse has broken something....

Did your farrier see a bruise when he was out? I'm curious why he mentioned the possibility of an abscess...
    07-02-2012, 11:33 AM
I'd be doing some epsom salt soaks as well to kill the bacteria, 20 min, twice daily for a week.
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    07-02-2012, 12:36 PM
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If you just leave it alone, it will dry up and go away more quickly than anything else you can do.
    07-02-2012, 03:57 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I'd be doing some epsom salt soaks as well to kill the bacteria, 20 min, twice daily for a week.
already doing it!

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