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        07-24-2009, 09:47 AM
    Thank you for everyone's thoughts. So the truth is we don't know what caused this. She had pulled a shoe weeks back and the farrier reset it, and apoxyed her hoof because a chunk of it came off with the shoe. At this point there was nothing wrong. But yesterday she was bleeding around the band and was favoring that foot. The vet shaved back the hair and there was a long wound that had busted open right along the band. The vet suspected and abscess that had blown out at the top of the band and drained. So he took some x-rays and found nothing. No evidence of an abscess. So he removed the shoe and took a look, some more x-rays...nothing. So it could have been that her turnout buddy struck her, she scraped it on something, who knows? So we packed and wrapped her hoof up to her pastern, which I have to do every other day. She is on antibiotics and stall rest (no turnout, no walking around the barn, nothing) for at least a week. All in all she might be a few weeks out of any riding, but hopefully after the first week she will be healing well and the pain will have gone away. It is very painful for her right now. So the vet said it's a day to day thing since we don't know what caused it we just have to watch it and her and make changes to our schedule accordingly.

    On a good note, when I walked out to her stall at the vet's office she gave me a huge neigh when she saw me! Made me feel so good.
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        07-24-2009, 09:55 AM
    That's good that she doesn't seem to be getting any worse. I am sure that she will recover just fine. I still think it may be an abcess and maybe all of it came out when it busted. XXX crossing fingers and toes. At least she is feeling good. Please keep us updated on how your girl is doing.
        07-24-2009, 11:51 AM
    Yeah, it very well could have been, although the vet said that the x-rays usually reveal some sign of an abscess and they did not. Either way she has that icthomol stuff on the bottom of her foot and a betadine type solution on the wound so her foot looks like a big club foot with duct tape all over it. Haha.
        07-24-2009, 01:42 PM
    Normally when an abscess bursts the pain dissipates. However, it is always possible that there is a second abscess, if the problem is indeed an abscess. Since the pain persists I would have to go with the possibility of an injury. :( XX he is better soon.
        07-24-2009, 02:45 PM
    My trainer said that she almost bowled her over getting back to her stall last night and that she is doing pretty good thing morning. Hopefully the pain will have subsided by the time I need to wrap her foot tomorrow because she was heavily sedated last night and still managed to flail at the vet's head when he touched the wound with the gauze pad. I might have to wear my helmet. :)

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