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post #1 of 22 Old 11-28-2011, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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thank god for this vet appointment!!

thankfully we had made an appointment for the vet to come today to check out my new arabian bailey because it turns out my twh cross denny was limping on his hind leg. the vet looked at him first and what my mom thought was a broken leg my vet said was an abcess. so now i have to treat an abcess. i guess this is good news as i was expecting broken leg options. but the vet said they want to open it his leg siince the abcess is near his pastern. is that normal for treatment?? i have never dealt with an abcess and have only read minimum on it. so any info would be appreciated...
then bailey luckily doesn't have a huge skin infection like i thought. the vet said they were pretty deep cuts so they should still get some ointment treatment to keep it moist and help growth. so he justs needs tlc. but what stinks is they wont run another coggins on him since he had one done at the auction. but that said female when he is gelding and the auction numbers didn't match up. to make matters worse my mom thinks she tossed it because they didn't match the horse and the holdiay was coming. grr cross your fingers we find it and denny gets better soon.

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post #2 of 22 Old 11-28-2011, 05:34 PM
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Yes, it's better to open an abscess than let it blow out on its own. It's much less painful for the horse that way.

I can't imagine why the vet wouldn't pull another coggins. After all, why should they care whether or not the horse already had one from the auction? Since you can't find it and it had wrong info anyway, another one needs to be pulled if you want to take the horse off property.

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thats what i said about the coggins. i will tell them it was lost and needs to be done again. as for abcess i will have to look into it more. i agree with opening but what caused it??
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Could be anything. Stone bruise, most likely.
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stone bruise in his pastern??? thats were the abscess is
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oh kati18 I am so glad it wasn't anything broken!! Been waiting to hear from you!

I have absolutely no advice for here though :S

Just SUPER glad its an abcess and not a break!
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-29-2011, 08:46 AM
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It is not uncommon for something like a piece of tiny gravel or, more likely, sand to migrate up inside the hoof wall, becomming very inflammed and painful. It will blow out at the top of the hoof, on the coronary band. I have had a couple of horses "gravel". Very painful for the horse. Once the abccess ruptures, the horse gets releif. If the abccess can be opened and cleaned out, the horse will have immediate releif.

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thanks duffy i am glad it wasn't a break as well. i was freaking out until i got home last night. err worst ride ever!!
allision - the vet is going to make an opening tmw morning for it to blow out. that site was helpful but confusing in a sense to me. if it travels up the hoof to the coronary band why is it only now i am seeing the limp. why didn't it cause him pain before?
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UPDATE: the abscess blew out of his frog closer to the heel. there was a huge hole in it this morning before the vet got there. the vet has said lots of cotton iodine and this gel stuff to put on it and soaking in epson salts to clean it out. hope this is normal. she said it might cause thrush since everything is mud near me and the hole is about the size of a nickel. so i have to keep him out of the really muddy areas... hard to do when they live out 24/7 :/ but he was running this morning and was feeling his old grumpy self even the vet thought he was moving easier then yesterday.
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I can not see how an abscess can cause thrush.

Soaking in Epson salts is a pretty standard treatment for an abscess. Yes. I am surprised they did not have you doing that as soon as it was diagnosed. At this point your are soaking to make sure it drains all the way.
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