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  • Is it a good sign if a wound is draining
  • Infection and absess bottom of foot

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    05-30-2010, 08:00 PM
puncture wound/absess

I was wondering if a horse can come back and be completely sound after a puncture wound or an absess in the sole of her foot?
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    05-30-2010, 08:08 PM
My horse used to get abcesses (correct spelling?) quite often when he was shod. He no longer gets them and is completely sound.
    05-30-2010, 08:14 PM
There is no reason why they can't be completely sound again. If the infection gets too bad it can affect the coffin and navicular bones and cause permanent problems but I think that's rare.
    05-30-2010, 09:21 PM
I know that there's draining at the coronet band.
Which is a good sign, right?
    05-30-2010, 10:38 PM
Originally Posted by Alicia    
I know that there's draining at the coronet band.
Which is a good sign, right?
Yes, that is a good sign, and once it has started draining, they are usually back to normal very quickly with no permanent problems.
    05-30-2010, 11:05 PM
Thanks guys. I'm always worried when it comes to hooves.
    05-30-2010, 11:27 PM
Originally Posted by Alicia    
Thanks guys. I'm always worried when it comes to hooves.
For an abcess that drained from the coronet band, don't be surprised if you see what looks like a horizontal crack or defect in the hoof as it grows out, similar to how our nails grow if you damage the cuticle. It's nothing to worry about, causes no problem, and will typically chip as it finally gets close to the ground (it takes about a year for the hoof to fully grow out).
    05-31-2010, 12:52 AM

Yes, horses can definitely fully recover from abscesses *generally*. They can also recover from puncture wounds to the foot, but I suppose it depends how severe the wound was. Good think puncture wounds are quite uncommon.

Abscesses can come about as 'one off' type accidents in healthy feet, such as treading on a particularly sharp stone, but more commonly they are a 'symptom' of unhealthy, weak feet. So it pays to know what's going on with your horse's feet, to keep/make them healthy & strong. Abscesses draining at the coronet are more likely to be a symptom of lamellar damage/separation or some such. They can also be caused by accident tho - damage to the coronet or kicking a rock.
    05-31-2010, 02:50 PM
Thanks loosie I didn't even think of those things. Definitely something to be aware of.

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