This is a pic of my Shetland gelding's hoof.
He is 10hh and 10 years.
Anyhow, is this an abcess? If so, what causes it? What can I do to treat it?
I see an overgrown foot with lots of hoofwall to be removed. Where is the suspected abscess? Is he lame on that foot?
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No, he is not lame at all. Though I should mention that all four hoofs look like this!
He has that big white chunk in each hoof!
Big white chunk...do you mean the sole of his foot? Not an abscess. He needs to be seen by a farrier ASAP.
Answer is going to be exactly the same as your other thread. Get a farrier.
Are you referring to the hole in the hoof wall, on the right side? No, that's not an abscess, it's just a part that's missing. I would bet it developed because of lack of hoof care, though. Like others have said, he needs a farrier to work on his feet like yesterday.
As others have said, can't see anything in that unclear pic that says 'abscess' and if he's not lame, I wonder what would make you suspect it anyway?
As others have said, he is long overdue for some good hoof care. For your info - & your horse's benefit, you need to know that it's important to get a farrier to attend to their feet regularly & 4-8 weeks is the average schedule that horses need trimming. I advise you learn more about hoofcare & management. Also diet is hugely important for health & ponies especially may need to be managed carefully in this regard & not left on good pasture. Horses also generally need a dentist approximately yearly to 'float' their teeth, as they keep growing & can become sharp & imbalanced. If you need any other info on care & management of horses, just ask. There are no such thing as stupid questions, it's only the ones that are unasked & lead to neglect through ignorance that fit that bill I reckon.
Your pony needs to see a farrier, and starting multiple threads about it isn't going to change that fact. His feet are in a very sad state.
But I started another thread so I could get more tips in order to help him.
Say, what is your avatar supposed to be? I think it's interesting ;)
Did you call a farrier yet?
My avatar is from Alice in Wonderland, it's the Queen of Hearts.
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