Ugh, abscesses, need I say more?
On December 2nd we got a call from the barn saying that Faith was lame. At first we thought it was a rock in her hoof. I went out there and there wasn't anything there but she was limping.
We figured it was an abscess and at first we just wrapped the hoof with some other things. Eventually we got the vet to come out and check it out, it was an abscess and he was able to open it. It wasn't oozing out much or anything, but we just have to soak it in a Epson salts and warm water for 15-20 minutes. And he gave us anti-bacterial spray to put on the hoof every other day. She was much better and wasn't limping nearly as much.
Today I went out to change the bandage and this time it was much worse. I had a hard time getting her out of her stall and she wouldn't even put weight on the hoof. This time her leg was swollen too. It just scared the crap out of me. However I've had her in a stall for a good day or so (I hate nothing more than leaving my horse in a stall for days--at least she gets turned out in the arena) and I've had polo wraps on her legs, when I went to get her I noticed that one of her polo wraps were on her stall and was off her leg (the same leg with the abscess) and it was swollen. So I think it may be that but not 100% sure.
I've been told prior to the abscess bursting the let may get swollen, however the abscess was burst on Friday and not its Tuesday. We called the vet and he's coming out tomorrow.
This is the first time having to deal a horse with an abscess. Very scary stuff for me! Haha.
Is this normal for her to be more limping, nothing has changed other than that (her eating habits are just fine)? Any experiences? I'm very worried!