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    11-30-2011, 02:06 PM
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It is an open would vulnerable to any kind of infection, including the bacteria that causes thrush.

It all sounds very standard to me. Glad the abscess ruptured as the horse will definitely be more comfortable. Just make sure the hole stays open so that it can heal from the inside out. Treat it as any puncture wound.
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    11-30-2011, 02:08 PM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
It is an open would vulnerable to any kind of infection, including the bacteria that causes thrush.
This I get.... But she said cause ... which to me is a different thing.

Originally Posted by kait18    
she said it might cause thrush
    11-30-2011, 02:16 PM
She did say might :/ the vet wants the salts to clean it today and cotton and iodine to keep the hole clean. I have to repeat this until friday enless the ground gets less muddy. Then she said stop cotton and iodine and just do salts
    12-01-2011, 03:25 PM
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My horse got an abscess two weeks ago. They're super common this time of year in the Pacific NW as everything is muddy and gross; there were at least 6 other horses in my barn that got them as well. I was still very worried when the barn called me to tell me that my horse was three-legged lame

Luckily my horse's abscess cleared itself pretty quickly. I did an epsom salt soak and then an epsom salt poultice overnight... it had blown by the time I got there the next day and my horse was much happier. He was still a little off for the next week or so, so I continued doing soaks and limited him to indoor turnout only.
    12-01-2011, 03:34 PM
Aw, yes, mud season.. It's kinda like, construction season--neverENDING!!! I'm keeping my 3 indoors at night to dry their hooves. "Buster" is in the shelter every night, now, but I keep it dry and clean with shavings, like his stall would be (IF I didn't have to keep the chickens in it this winter...AGAIN!!!!)
Just FYI--try to keep their hooves as dry as possible all year. They are healthier that way.
Kait18, if you can, try using disposable diapers and tape them on with duct tape. It should stay on long enough to keep the packing in the hoof. =D
    12-01-2011, 03:48 PM
The vet suggested not to wrap anything over the cotton filers she thought it might just hold in more moisture. :/ maybe I will just figure out a way to put one stall in my run in and prepare it so it will be dry for him to stay there with limited turnout
    12-01-2011, 03:56 PM
You could buy a few round pen panels and connect them. That way, you could use them for something else in the future.
    12-01-2011, 04:17 PM
I have them already but they are housing my new arabian who is still in qt if lucky they will be free after this weekend and I can figure something out to keep him dry :)
    12-01-2011, 04:36 PM
Unless you think your Arab is going to make everybody sick, I would switch them ASAP. I've fought absesses before, and they seem to drag on forever if you can't keep the hoof dry. And, BTW, turning him out without the hoof covered will guarantee that it's going to get wet. Even uncovered in a stall he's liable to step in his urine or pick up poo and pack the hoof with that, so I'd recommend covering it all night, when stalled, then uncovering for periods during the day. Keep us posted. =D
    12-01-2011, 04:39 PM
Good idea. I am waiting until this week to get the coggins back if that is cleared then he is allowed to become part of the herd :)

I will fix a stall and a small corral for him so it wil be a bit better and then I will put diapers on his foot lol :)

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