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post #1 of 3 Old 10-22-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for an abscess

I am pretty sure that my filly has an abscess in one of her front hooves. She was totally fine day before yesterday. Yesterday she seemed a bit tender and then this morning I had a three legged horse. It has been been very wet here for several days and I my pasture is clay and rock. There is heat at the hairline, about an inch wide, and when I cleaned her feet, I found a small indention and a bruise directly down from hot area.

I soaked it tonight in hot water with Epsom salt (though she thought that was a very bad idea ) and I will probably continue to do that. I am going to the stop tomorrow after work for some drawing salve.

Does anyone have any advice for moving the process along so I can get her back to feeling better?
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-22-2011, 10:53 PM
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Keep soaking!!! If and when it opens up use icthammol in it. My former horse had an abscess and that was what I did. Soak and then when it opened I wrapped in a diaper with a duct tape boot to keep it all on.

Sarge had one blow out his coronary band and that one didn't require near the intervention as the one on the sole!!!

Good luck and hope your horse feels better soon!

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-23-2011, 12:05 AM
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Drain or soak,soak,soak. You can also use an epsom salt poultice w/ a hot pack(wraped and left) to help draw. Hang in there.

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