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post #1 of 9 Old 11-05-2013, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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How long does an abscess last?

So a few weeks ago I had my riding lesson, the horse that I was riding had heat in one of his front cannon bones. My instructor checked him over and he wasn't lame so I rode him lightly in the lesson, he was fine during the lesson. At the end his leg still had heat and my instructor thought it was a abscess forming, I havent seen the horse since that lesson.
So if it was an abscess I want to know how long it will last, will it last 1-2 weeks? I would like to ride this horse this weekend, but if he has an abscess obviously I can't. Also, is there anything else that could be wrong with his leg other than an abscess, whatever it was it wasnt bothering him. I can't find out anything till this weekend, I would just like to know a bit more about this topic.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-05-2013, 06:58 AM
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I deal with a lot of abscesses, well did, with my draft mares and while there can be heat, if was one, he would show definite signs of discomfort, would he gimpy or dead lame, not wanting to move or walk, and just be miserable. They can come out the coronary band, depending on how big and/or severe it is, could take a few days, could take a week.

Applying hot compresses and ickthamol will help speed up the process and get it to come to the surface quicker. Also, soaking the hoof in epsoms salt and really warm water too.
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I would also say a week or so, but, years ago I had a horse that had an abscess or 5 weeks! He was diagnosed with a suspensory injury and come to find out, that's not what it was. The abscess blew and took off his heel with it. So although a week is the norm, it could be much longer.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-05-2013, 08:42 AM
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It depends. I've had some horses who get over them in a week to two weeks, and then some who need help from the vet to get over them which takes longer. Hot water and epsome salts are your friend!
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An abscess on a cannon bone?
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IME (hoof) abscesses come up pretty suddenly with the horse being fine one day and then presenting as three-legged lame the next until the pressure from the abscess is relieved. I've never noticed one having heat higher up than the hoof itself. The symptoms you describe don't sound like an abscess to me- abscesses are in the hoof capsule, and (if it is a hoof abscess) feeling heat in the cannon bone could mean that the horse has been standing differently to avoid pain in the hoof. In that case I would expect the horse to be obviously lame.

Maybe the horse got kicked or banged his leg against something.
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I don't know much about abscess' so I didnt know that they didnt happen on the legs, just hooves. Well, whatever he had wrong with him I hope he's better :)

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Abscesses ARE in the hoof capsule. I just dealt with one then another for two months til we realized what it was! Animalintex pads are like magic! Follow the instructions and it will draw out the abscess in a few days if that is what it is. Much easier than soaking in epsom salts!
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-06-2013, 02:41 PM
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If the horse had a puncture wound in his leg he very well could have an abscess in his leg. However, that may not be the case here and an abscess on a bone is pretty rare. Sometimes they can bang themselves over a jump and develop an abscess after a bruise (aseptic abscess). .
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