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Moei 01-28-2012 10:05 PM

Advice-abcess questions!
 
my hore has been lame for about 3 days now and the vet was out a day ago, he said that my horse either has a bruise or abcess in his front right foot. he is a week overdue on shoes and the farrier is coming on Tuesday, but he might come sooner. Anyway the vet thinks its a bruise under the shoe and i have been putting venice turpentine on his feet to harden them since it has been so wet at my barn, today i felt a pulse right above his heel on his right foot. I think the pulse means there is an abcess. he is not limping any worse today than he was yesterday, and the vet never felt a pulse. What is something i can do to tell whether its an abces or not?
If it is an abcess how can i get it to go away i heard a farrier can dig it out if its shallow enough, but i don't know how long it takes for it to go deeper!!!! Please help me, i need some advice!!

DraftXDressage 01-28-2012 10:18 PM

Start soaking the hoof in warm water, preferably with epsom salts, if you can. That will help it blow sooner. It will also encourage the abscess to blow out the sole, rather than the coronary band (which can cause all sorts of hoof problems down the road as you try to grow that hole out). I also am a firm believer in having the horse move around as much as is comfortable, because the increased blood flow from activity will also help speed the process along. Your farrier can likely use a hoof tester to pinpoint the location and may be able to pare it out. I would (almost) always prefer that the abscess burst on its own, though, as I think it generally does less trauma to the hoof than paring it out does.

I recently heard someone mention that they had used one of those disposable hand warmers, wrapped in the hoof as a sole pack of sorts, to help draw out a stubborn abscess. I have never tried it, but it strikes me as quite clever (so long as the sole is concave enough to allow the pack enough space to not burst, since I can only imagine the sorts of nasty chemicals that must be inside).

Moei 01-28-2012 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by DraftXDressage (Post 1331025)
Start soaking the hoof in warm water, preferably with epsom salts, if you can. That will help it blow sooner. It will also encourage the abscess to blow out the sole, rather than the coronary band (which can cause all sorts of hoof problems down the road as you try to grow that hole out). I also am a firm believer in having the horse move around as much as is comfortable, because the increased blood flow from activity will also help speed the process along. Your farrier can likely use a hoof tester to pinpoint the location and may be able to pare it out. I would (almost) always prefer that the abscess burst on its own, though, as I think it generally does less trauma to the hoof than paring it out does.

I recently heard someone mention that they had used one of those disposable hand warmers, wrapped in the hoof as a sole pack of sorts, to help draw out a stubborn abscess. I have never tried it, but it strikes me as quite clever (so long as the sole is concave enough to allow the pack enough space to not burst, since I can only imagine the sorts of nasty chemicals that must be inside).

thanks fro your advice, i think it is very shallow so the farrier will be able to dig it out easily do you know how long after it is dug out that the horse can be ridden?

DraftXDressage 01-28-2012 11:04 PM

I have always started riding as soon as the horse is comfortable, which is usually almost immediately after that pressure is released. I can imagine certain cases with severe abscesses that blow in unfortunate spots (like out the top, or through the side of the hoof wall) where the integrity of the hoof might be compromised enough that you'd need to stay off the horse for some period of time, but if you're dealing with a fairly run of the mill abscess, there isn't any reason, IMO, that the horse would need time off from being ridden after they're moving comfortably again.

I once just happened to be watching my horse in her paddock at the moment that an abscess burst. The change in her movement and general demeanor was unmistakable and instantaneous (hence me knowing when the abscess burst). IME, the relief for the horse is quite immediate as soon as the pressure is released.

Moei 01-29-2012 09:58 AM

thanks, we think the farrier might come out early and see if he can dig it out because we think a bruise mught have turned into an abcess, that is fairly new and still shallow!

Saddlebag 01-29-2012 10:35 AM

It take a few days of fluid (pus) buildup to cause lameness. An abscess will take the path of least resistance, and that is why they are often found towards the heel. If your farrier digs the abcess out be prepared to do the followup work as you don't want the surface closing without internal healing. A regimen of antibiotics might be in order to prevent further problems.

Moei 01-29-2012 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1331563)
It take a few days of fluid (pus) buildup to cause lameness. An abscess will take the path of least resistance, and that is why they are often found towards the heel. If your farrier digs the abcess out be prepared to do the followup work as you don't want the surface closing without internal healing. A regimen of antibiotics might be in order to prevent further problems.

any advice for how to care for it after it is dug out?

jody111 01-29-2012 05:28 PM

if you soak it you may not need them to dig it out... but if the farrier is there they will for you - but I would be soaking now - twice a day with warm water and epsom salts....

Caring for it depends - You can use a jean boot or a nappy to bandage it to keep it clean while it drains but it depends how open it is... and where it comes out from ...

I generally try to keep it clean and continue to soak.... if its up under the shoe syringing it out with iodine water to clean it (Prevent infection)

jody111 01-29-2012 05:29 PM

Your farrier should be able to tell you how to look after it - its hard to say without seeing it

paint gurl 23 01-29-2012 06:08 PM

I personally would be very against digging anything out of the hoof. Pull the shoe and soak the hoof in warm water with apple cidar vinegar and epsom salts at least once a day. It will come out quicker without having to deal with a hole in the hoof as well.


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