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  • Abscess in pastern
  • Infected pastern horses

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    05-03-2011, 05:38 PM
Pastern Infection

My 2 year old filly was at a trainer for the first time. The first week she encountered an abscess on her back left leg. Trainer said he pop it. I was out of town with family when this happened. When I returned 3 days later I found her laying on the ground in a pasture. I went home to get a bucket of hot water, epsom salt, and antiseptics. When I found her the abscess had blew out very high on the pastern in two areas. I trailered her back home and called the vet. Put her on antibiotics and bute, cleaning , soaking and water therapy twice a day. Blood samples, cultures all came back negative for bacterial infections. Its been 10 days now with very little improvement. She has a very hard time putting any weight on it. From the hoff upwards eight inches , the leg is swollen 4 times the normal size. Vet stuck a needle and no pus just fluid. I am now bringing her to LSU Equine Lab for evaluation and treatment on Friday. Has anyone come across such a thing. Any advise?

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