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post #1 of 20 Old 10-04-2009, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Update on my gelding... it was an abcsess (pics)


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.

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-04-2009, 03:10 PM
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I work in the dental field so we see abscesses all the time. I'm pretty sure they would be the same as in a horse. An abscess is basically just a pocket of pus and infection so antibiotics and pain meds are what we would give to a pt with an abscess. But when it drains (fyi when an abscess drains that hole it drains from is a called a fistula) there isn't any pressure anymore so normally there is no pain. I would keep it clean with just a mild soap. And if he's running and bucking it probably isn't bothering him so I wouldn't think walking him would be a problem. It would probably help that abscess drain quicker. Anyways that probably dosn't help at all but I thought i'd try.
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I would lay off the bute. The less you give, the better and now that it blew out he is going to have a lot of relief. You should keep the blown out area clean (hosing and betadine or chlorhexidine scrub) but mostly the hard part is over, once they open recovery is usually rapid and complete. It blew in kind of a bad place so just make sure you keep it nice and clean for the next few days, if you don't have betadine or chlorhex, good ol' soap will do just fine.
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Usually once the abscess blows it, all the pain is gone. He should be fine. =]

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soak in epsom salts and warm water everyday =]
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Alright... thanks bunches for the info...I'll quit with the bute (since it's good for a year, I have some in case something happens within the next year, lol).

I don't have anything 'medicated' to clean it out with, but any anti-bacterial soap should work... according to the vet, if it kills bacteria, it's ok to use.

Just curious, but how come it is in a bad place?

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I also do have epsom salts (just looked, got a whole carton full that I bought last year and never used). I thought that any sort of salts woud irritate the area, though?

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Alright... thanks bunches for the info...I'll quit with the bute (since it's good for a year, I have some in case something happens within the next year, lol).

I don't have anything 'medicated' to clean it out with, but any anti-bacterial soap should work... according to the vet, if it kills bacteria, it's ok to use.

Just curious, but how come it is in a bad place?
that's a typical blow out spot - some gravel may have worked it's way in and up.. not uncommon. Like said above, stop the Bute, and keep it clean. If Underwood Horse Medicine is sold in your area use that and flush the 'hole'. Povidone Solution will work great as well and you can get that at Walmart.

Glad that's all it was with your boy

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I can get the solution, if it's sold at walmart.

I'm glad it was just an abcsess... Hopfully he'll be completely back to norm in a few days (considering him taking off bucking isn't really 'norm' for him, but I can understand it... that's more what my mare likes to do...) Lol.

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Thats a typical blow out spot - some gravel may have worked it's way in and up..
Yes, it is a common spot for an abscess to blow out. But qtrhrs, you misunderstand the term 'gravel'. It doesn't mean that actual gravel has somehow got into the hoof at all. 'Gravel' is just an antiquated term for an abscess, usually one that breaks at the coronet.

I agree not to give him bute. While the inflammation is painful before it breaks, it's the body's defense mechanism, enabling the crap to be forced out. So if a painkiller is necessary, a non-anti-inflammatory one is best. I would also use a *mild* cleanser, like watered down tea tree, salt in water(epsom or otherwise, but I wouldn't soak & further soften the hoof), apple cider vinegar, rather than betadine or such. Betadine is great for killing infection, but it also kills healthy tissue, so should be used minimally & not left to soak in.

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I'm glad it was just an abcsess...
'Just an abscess' is not necessarily 'just' a minor problem. You say he's resting his foot and due for a trim, so I won't comment on what apparent shape & issues(aside from the lami rings) until I see some better pics(pref. Post trim). While abscesses can be one off events, such as if he stood on a particularly sharp rock on unconditioned feet, was nicked by a nail, kicked a rock with his hoof wall particularly hard, they are generally an indication of an unhealthy foot, particularly when they are 'gravels' & burst at the coronet. The reason I think it's common for them to break at the quarters is because, especially with shod horses, the quarters are left too long(in order to be level with heels & toe) so there is a lot more stress there. As evidenced in this foot by the distorted hairline/growth rings.
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