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post #1 of 4 Old 01-07-2013, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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My understanding is that when a horse "gravels?", there is a rock in its foot that travels up through the wall or another part of the hoof, and pops out of the cornet. the other option it had is forming an abscess, right? i had a pony gravel and it popped at the top of his heel, and amazingly he was sound through the whole thing.

I'm just trying to get some clarification on this. Annie turned up lame on the Opposite foot than the tendon issue, and upon examination, we fond some heat and a small bump in the upper hoof and cornet. shes super tender on it and theres nothing else apparently wrong. no heat or swelling anywhere else, (shes been on complete stall rest anyway.) so far its bute and antibiotics until it bursts, drains, and shes sound on it again.

if anybody has anything else they think i can do?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-08-2013, 04:33 AM
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hi, this would be better in the hoofcare sect. the old idea was that hoof abscesses were due to gravel or other external whatever penetrating the hoof capsule, hence the term 'gravel'. but while (when the hoof integrity is already compromised) gravel can get into separated laminae, and occasionally puncture wounds can be a cause of hoof abscess, generally the causes are bruising, constriction which leads to necrotic areas, infection in separated laminae(seedy/white line disease), or mechanical problems such as overlong wallsa putting stress on tissue...
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heel abscesses often occur without owners noticing obvious lameness. i thing this is because the horn of the frog is yielding, so less pressure hence less pain. i would not generally give bute or antibiotics for an abscess. they can both just suppress the infection and prevent the body expelling the necrotic tissue. i would ensure the horse is kept turned out for free movement - but dont try to force a sore horse to exercise - and soak the foot in a warm saline or epsom salts wash a couple of times daily if feet are dry, to soften the horn, draw infection and reduce further infection. Then I'd be looking to address the cause. as above, can be due to a bruise or puncture wound which may be a 'one off' but they frequently come about as a symptom of unhealthy feet.
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unfortunately she cnt be turned out because shes on stall rest for a tendon injury on her other front leg. shes a mess right now....
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