I discovered yesterday that my horse (TB mare) has an open shoe boil (capped elbow) on her front left elbow. I've never dealt with this kind of wound before and I'm wondering how it will heal? The boil came out of nowhere and opened up on it's own. The opening is about 2" long and seems pretty deep. It's a large flap that looks like it should require stitches, but since the area moves so much I don't think that's an option. There was a lot of drainage but NO blood. Which makes me think it's not as deep as it looks....
I currently have her on antibiotics and I am flushing it daily with 2 solutions. There is already a nice improvement in the last 24 hours (less swelling, less lameness) it is still draining, and she seems much more comfortable. I am keeping her in her stall for a few days to stay out of the mud and hand walking her every day.
I am wondering how this will heal back together or if anyone has had a similar experience? I can't find any information on the internet - I'm scared she will have an open flap on her elbow for the rest of her life! Will this heal back together once the infection is gone? Is it normal for shoe boils to open up on their own?
Thank you for any help!! :)