I didn’t get to check on my boy this morning because we woke up almost an hour late for church and had to hustle, but when we got home I immediately went to give him his gram of bute. I noticed that he was putting his weight down on his leg and decided to check it out... Picked it up and noticed that up near the coronet band it was ‘blown out’ (for lack of better word) and it looked like it had been draining down his hoof. I couldn’t check him really well, since I didn’t have him tied or anything, so I brought him to the house... on the way down he didn’t take any bad steps and when I let him go, he trotted down the hill to the gate (he knew that he was going to get to ‘go outside’, lol).
Anyway, I got him in the yard and really checked/cleaned his hoof. He pulled away a few times, but let me clean it out enough so I could see the ‘blown out’ area. Apparently he had an abscess.
^ In this picture he has his leg in the ‘resting’ position... Sorry it looks kinda funky...
(Also, I know that he needs a trim on his back hooves... I just haven’t gotten it done yet...)
I did give him his bute, as I’m not sure what else to do for an abscess... last abscess I worked with... well, it was an accident that the vet even found it (I just had him out to give a tetanus to my mare when she stepped on a nail and he found an abscess in her hoof, cut it out, and wrapped it with vetwrap for two days). I just had to keep an eye on her for a few days.
I’m not really sure just what I’m supposed to do now... Should I give him the bute for another two or three days to keep any inflammation out/down? Should I just leave him be and watch him for about a week to make sure he’s fine? Is it safe to walk him daily? How often should I clean it out and what should I clean it with? I’ve looked online, and everything I find keeps contradicting other things that I’ve found... so I figured it’d be best to ask the ‘forum family’... Also, how long will it take for it to grow out and is there anything in particular I should do?
I let him go just about half an hour ago and he took off at a gallop with a few bucks thrown in... Silly boy.