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    05-24-2011, 11:05 PM
  #1
Foal
When can you deem a horse "sound" ?

Okay, this whole thing happened last Saturday. Anyways, in the morning he was completely fine, walking normally, etc. I went out for the day, and came home at around 8:30pm when I went out to feed him, and found him a limping mess. He wouldn't put any weight down on his foot, when he would stand still he would keep holding his foot up, etc. The first night I soaked him in cold water thinking it was a sprain, but I wasn't sure. I phoned my farrier the next day, and she said it was most likely an abscess, and instructed me to soak in warm water with epsom salt, twice a day for 20 minutes, so I did that.
She came out the next day, dug out a little whole in the tip of his hoof to let it drain out from there, rather than blowing out.

Anyways, no more than 3 days later, he had completely stopped limping, and seemed to not be in pain anymore. It's been about 10 days now since the whole thing happened.

What I wanted to know, was when could I really deem him "sound" ? He got back from training about 3 weeks ago, and I really wanted to keep him on a regular schedule, but I know riding him right now would probably be a bad idea.
What would a general time line be that he needs off? Would light ground work be okay? Something like ground driving at the walk just to work on his steering for 15-20 minutes a few times a week?
Or should I just call my farrier back out and get her opinion?

Any advice appreciated :)
     
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    05-24-2011, 11:11 PM
  #2
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If he's not limping, you can ride him. Abscesses, once they drain and assuming there's no major lasting damage (a giant hole or whatever), are fine to go ahead and work a horse with.
     
    05-24-2011, 11:14 PM
  #3
Foal
Okay, thanks. The only hole is the one my farrier made, which is about 1cm deep at the most, I would say.
Would it still be okay to ride and/or work him?
     
    05-24-2011, 11:21 PM
  #4
Banned
If your farrier didn't specifically say not to, I don't see how it could possibly hurt.
     
    05-24-2011, 11:23 PM
  #5
Foal
All she said was don't ride until he's healed. Not sure if that means healed as in no longer in pain/limping, or healed as in the hole that she made is gone?
I'll give her a call tonight and see what she thinks.
     
    05-30-2011, 11:45 PM
  #6
Foal
My horse abcessed all the time. After about a week he would go back to being sound. You and your horse should be fine :)
     

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