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    05-15-2007, 11:28 PM
hoof abcess

Any one have any home remedies for speeding up the healing of a hoof abcess? It has yet to blow out and I would really like to go to the show at the end of may that im entered in. Thanks!
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    05-16-2007, 12:04 AM
Soak in hot water with Epsom salt for at least 20 minutes. It helps in encouraging the fluids to drain.
    05-16-2007, 07:36 PM
The barn that I am boarding at is a natural horsemanship barn. All of the horses there are barefoot. They have not had a horse abcess in a really long time. However, they have just taken on a horse with an abcess. They soak her foot for about 15 minutes every day in apple cidar vinegar. I really don't know exactly what this does but one of the barn managers said it works really well. Might be worth a shot! Hope this helps.

    05-16-2007, 10:01 PM
I've never heard of using the apple cider vinegar, but it's worth a try. I've always used the Epsom Salt soak. The salts draw out the infection.
    05-21-2007, 02:55 AM
Help!!! Vet looked at him again and decided considering he's been lame on and off for about 3 weeks now and nothing has blown out that it isnt an abcess. She thinks he actually has a sacroiliac subluxation on both sides, which is awful because I have kept working him on the none lame days, further tearing the ligaments. She suggested we do traumeel injections (homeopathic anti inflammatory type thing) instead of the usual injecting irritants to speed the formation of scar tissue. So I was wondering if anyone had experiance with this sort of thing. He is only 4 1/2 and I would be absolutly heart broken if he were unable to compete and do what he loves, he is a fabulous horse and had the potential to go far.
    05-22-2007, 12:58 AM
We are he is going to a premier dianostician center on thurseday, however in defense of my vet she did not see him until the end of last week as she was on vacation. My farrier is the one who thought it was an abcess because my horse was sensitive on his heel on the exact same place where his last 2 abcesses have blown out. My chiropractor thought the problem was in his back after having to adjust his LS joint in all three directions which he has never had to do before on my horse, and my horse objected heartily to the chiropractor touching him there. The farrier after hearing this agreed and told me that my horse had been hard to shoe not wanting to pick up his hind legs, or keep them up, which is also unusual for my horse. So anyways no matter what it turns out to be he is going out to pasture for at least a month, and will still be getting the injections because they are anti inflammatory and have no side effects and he has been working quite hard and needs a break, physically and mentally.
    05-22-2007, 07:05 AM
I don't mean to sound horrid but I didnt think you had any paddocks for him at your barn, hence not being able to turn the poor boy out weeks ago when he threw that splint (or whatever your vet decided it was in the end)???

Personally I would have turned him out over three weeks ago as I and kristy suggested to you!! This problem would never have occured if this had been the case!

Thank god you have finally seen the light and I wish him all the best after his well deserved holiday!!! He will be a different animal when he comes back into work trust me!!

I also suggest that if he is uncomfortable being shod and is prone to absesses I would take off all his shoes to allow for his feet to recover from the damage that shoes cause, and allow them to harden up over his holiday (paint hoof hardener on his soles)!

Elz x
    06-13-2007, 03:51 AM
So in case you guys were wondering my horse reinjured his splint while out in the pasture and is now on stall rest for a month and a half because now the calcification is rubbing on his suspensory so we're doing shock wave therapy and hoping for the best in the mean time I'm riding a oldenburg/tb mare who I'm going to use for my C3 rating in august (pony club yes I know I'm cool) and a grey tb gelding who was supposed to be an event horse and wasn't brave enough then was almost a successful AA hunter until he got a attitude problem which I luckily get to help try and fix.
    06-13-2007, 07:48 AM
Oh dear,

Was he out on his own? Was the pasture over an acre? And what was it fenced with?

Did he kick himself or something?

I must admit when I turn a horse out with a splint injury I give them a v.small paddock where they can't get up any speed at all and if they are lively-stick them on a natural calmer to slow them down abit. I also put turnout socks on to give the splint bone some support and also protect it from bashes. I would also put bone radial on once a day which acts as a blister almost to reduce the size of the splint.

To be honest he was stables a great deal as I understand it and didnt have any pasture to be turned out in, and so if he did have a good play and reinjured himself im not hugely surprised he probably couldnt believe his eyes when he was turned out- a big shock to his system!!

Hope he gets better soon though.

Elz x
    06-13-2007, 12:06 PM
He didn't play that much that I know of, at least that's what the rehab manager said and she watches them all day. He was in half a acre by himself (well with a old, blind goat) with nice grass no holes or anything and completly flat, and no other horses that he could see or hear as that's how they make the paddocks for gimp horses at this rehab facility. Oh and the fencing was plastic made to look like the nice white painted wood fences with a hot wire on top. It's flexible and not very strong if he had hit his leg on it it would have broken.

The splint is on the outside of his leg so it's doubtful he kicked it and it was cold when we put him out there we had him checked by 3 vets. We had him on a calmer and it did nothing he was on it for 3 weeks and still being a grump he has a really fast metabolism so he gets super large doses of regular sedative when the dentist and such people come and it still only lasts like 20 minutes so that's probably why it didn't work.

He was turned out in sports medicine boots. And to clarify there was no damage whatsoever to his splint bone we had it xrayed mutliple times. The splint is abnormal calcification on his interosseous ligament that has now grown over his splint bone towards his suspensory.

Anyways we got it injected with Vetalog which is a glucocorticoid that combined with the shock wave,iceing and cold hosing, massaging sore no more into it and believe it or not bananas and rock salt (prescribed by a horse homeopath lady). It's supposed to balance the fluids in the body and get rid of wastes but I know it works because we started that first. So I'm praying for his speedy recovery and realizing how spoiled I've been riding him with these two monsters I have now.

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