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post #1 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Views On Abcesses

I want to hear everyone's view on what they do when their horse gets an abcess. All my friends have conflicting views. Personally if my horse gets an abcess I soak his foot to draw it out, but thats just me. 80% of my friends say to just leave them be. So i want to know; Do you soak or leave it be to come out on its own and what is your reasoning? (Sorry if the format on this is messed up or weird, this is my first time posting from my phone.)
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 01:31 PM
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Only had to deal with an abcess once when we got our first horse. He didn't go lame and we only found out about it when it blew out on it's own. Unless it's causing the horse discomfort, I've heard it's better to let them come out on their own.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 02:25 PM
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I soak and try to draw it out, and my farrier tries to dig it out, depending on where it is.
I wouldn't want to leave my horse lame for as long as it would take to just leave it alone.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 02:38 PM
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^ I agree. I soak it in epsom salt to draw it out. I couldnt stand to see my boy lame when he got one. I couldnt let him suffer without trying to help him.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 03:03 PM
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I pick the hoof (gently if it's really bad) and rinse it off, then use a wide rubber feed bucket (rubber so the horse hoof doesn't slip around, they seem to trust it more) and Epsoms salts and warm water and soak for 10 min. every day.

One time the abscess made her leg swell so after I soaked I used Poultice that I bought from the vet, stuck it on the open part of the abscess, and duct taped it and left it on until the next day when I repeated (for about 5 days)

I find that shoeing them eliminates abscesses.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 03:19 PM
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My mare had an abscess that left her a tripod for over a week. we tried the Epson salt, the vet came out as well as the ferrier and it was too close to the lamina to cut out. Just had to manage it for a week and watch her limp around the pasture. i think it was just as much torture for me as it was for her. i felt so bad that i couldn't just fix it and she would give me "the eyes". felt like i was torturing her.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 05:21 PM
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When I was in school, and in farrier class, if we found an abscess, the instructor had us open it up, and then we would soak it in epsom salts. Would wrap it, and soak it daily, and reapply a new wrap. Worked well from what I remember
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-03-2011, 06:06 PM
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Only had to deal with one once, a lot like usandpets said... I didn't even know it was there until it bursted! After that just kept the area cleaned and watched for any swelling or discomfort... I found it was only a mild setback that was healed up pretty quickly.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-04-2011, 02:40 AM
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Originally Posted by HorseyGirl814 View Post
I find that shoeing them eliminates abscesses.
I wish it were that easy, sadly it is not. It is still very possible for them to abscess with 4 shoes on, my horse got three abscess this exact time last year, and he is shod all around.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-04-2011, 05:11 AM
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We use epsom salts as well and pack the abcess with a mixture of iodine and sugar then wrap with duct tape and replace it daily. Seems to work. Your best friend with these sort of problems is your farrier and vet. One of the horses owned by one of my friends had such a sore hoof the farrier made a steel plate that she had to unscrew with a wrench. But, it was the only thing that worked for him and it healed quite nicely.
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