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    10-31-2008, 02:49 PM
  #21
Weanling
Icthammol seems to work pretty well on metabolic horses, that I've seen. Sometimes it's just more important to change the diet if that's the case. I don't have any scientific proof that sugardyne would breed more thrush, but since it's more prevalant in metabolic horses, I'd just forgo adding sugar and go for something like Icthammol or epsom salts. ACV will also help draw out abscesses, but sometimes I think they just happen to open when they are ready, regardless of what you put on the feet. Warm water probably does more than the other ingredients, as it stimulates circulation in the whole foot, the other ingredients may just help prevent the water from breeding more thrush or in cleansing the opening when it finally pops. But it helps you feel better when you "do something" doesn't it? LOL And warm water does seem to help the horse feel more comfortable for a while, so go for it. As for creams and packing...may not really "draw out" the abscesses, but are great when it opens and may help cushion the foot to make them more comfortable in the mean time. Just be sure to change it out and let the foot air out some, they get too soft if kept constantly wet and are more prone to bruising.
     
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    11-01-2008, 07:59 PM
  #22
Foal
The abscess finally presented itself through his heel bulb. The sugardine really seemed to expedite the process. It had been a month of Icthomol, poultice and soaking in epsom salt, but the sugardine brought it out in two days. Who knows, maybe it was on it's way out anyway and a coincidence, but I can't say enough good things about it right now, because at least I know what's what with his hoof now. He seems more comfortable, I have the Icthomol on it now as it is less messy! Hopefully it will drain soon and we can be on our way to recovery
     
    11-03-2008, 12:58 AM
  #23
Foal
I'm glad, as I'm sure your horse is, that the abscess vented. Although the relief coincided with the application of Sugardine, I doubt that it actually sped up the process. In my experience, it works well for treating minor wounds, but it seems to have little drawing or poulticing effect. (I'm a big fan of Animal Lintex for poulticing and drawing abscesses.)

Do follow up with Jack Millman on this and stay on top of it. Jack's an excellent farrier and educator, and I'm sure you'll be happy with him. Tell him that I'm wishing him well with his hip replacement!!
     
    11-03-2008, 07:26 AM
  #24
Foal
Thank you, I will, but I don't think I'll be seeing him for awhile-he's going to be "out" for about 4 mos. He suggested I use Icthomol, which is what I am using now. I originally started with Animalintex, I have some left, maybe I'll use it up.
     
    11-04-2008, 12:20 PM
  #25
Foal
OK - now what do I do.....I thought the abscess was going to "blow out" his heel bulb was swollen and there was blood right at the surface of the skin, I soaked, I poulticed - I haven't seen any real hole or discharge and now the skin appears whitish, no pus or drainage, still very tender for him though he is walking on it better. Is it possible that it drained and I didn't notice - I'm confused? Poor guy is stuck in a stall - I don't know how long to keep him there. We are pretty muddy still and I don't want to make it worse by letting him walk around in it - What should I do????
     
    11-04-2008, 01:07 PM
  #26
Green Broke
If it had drained, you would have noticed a big difference in his walking.

Can you have the farrier out to see if he can help find the spot?
     
    11-04-2008, 01:19 PM
  #27
Foal
It was definitely erupting at his heel bulb - but it just seemed to disappear??? His heel bulb is sensitive to the touch, but he is standing on it better. I have to get him out of his stall walking, but it is so muddy I'm afraid of making it worse, and now that it's dark early I have trouble getting home in time to get him out in daylight hours - Argh!!!!
     
    11-04-2008, 03:10 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Do you have an easy boot or anything?

...and there's always the aisle of the barn...
     
    11-04-2008, 05:08 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by servinator    
OK - now what do I do.....I thought the abscess was going to "blow out" his heel bulb was swollen and there was blood right at the surface of the skin, I soaked, I poulticed - I haven't seen any real hole or discharge and now the skin appears whitish, no pus or drainage, still very tender for him though he is walking on it better. Is it possible that it drained and I didn't notice - I'm confused? Poor guy is stuck in a stall - I don't know how long to keep him there. We are pretty muddy still and I don't want to make it worse by letting him walk around in it - What should I do????
It probably did blow out. Stall rest is not best for abscesses. I'd rather let them walk thru mud than leave them in a stall. ;) You can make a duct tape boot to protect it from the muck if you want. Heck the mud would probably feel great on that heel.
     
    11-04-2008, 06:38 PM
  #30
Foal
I don't have an aisle the stalls just face the outside. My husband, the dear man spent the entire day filling the mud over with crusher run gravel. I soaked again and put another poultice on, there is a definite slit at the top of his heel bulb, but nothing coming out. After this poultice I think I'm going to do a duct tape boot and let him out. The easy boot has a tendency to rub his heel, he's a hard fit, so I think that might make it worse, I tried that in the beginning, but he seemed uncomfortable.
     

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