Agh. So last year, around the end of August, beginning of September, my mare came up lame- long story short we finally figured it out to be an abscess- and we decided to let her go barefoot through winter and then shoe her in front come spring. Well, before our first shoeing of the spring, she had another one. Right after it was drained out & healed up, she had the fronts put on, and no more problems. This was all the farrier suggested to prevent future abscesses.
Well, come today and she's lame. We suspect an abscess simply because she's had them before, and since there's no obvious wound to her legs otherwise. So, for now, it looks like I'm stocking up on epsom salts.
I guess my question is, other than soaking in the salts & warm water after she gets an abscess, what can I do to prevent them? Obviously I want her to be healthy & not in pain, so I can deal with going out to soak her feet, that's fine. But I'd rather not have her be in pain to begin with. :/ While it's not as important as keeping her healthy, I also miss out on riding her, and preparing for our shows that we like to go in.
Sigh. Okay, so to sum it up: Horse is prone to abscesses in front, has been shoed in front to hopefully prevent them, but that isn't doing much, anything else I can do to prevent abscesses?