Stone bruise and possible abscess! HELP!
On Tuesday I went out to the field, caught him, led him to the barn, tacked him up, and headed down to the arena. On the way down he stepped on a rock, he seemed ok a few minutes later, and we had the best ride we have had yet. On the way back up the hill he seemed ouchy.
On Thursday, he was already at the barn when I got there. I tacked him up and walked him around observing the foot. He seemed normal. Once on the trail he started babying that foot and was tripping over nothing. So we cut the trail ride short and headed back to the barn. While un-tacking him he reached down and bit me in the base of my spine. Not hard, as he didn't leave a mark, but it scared me. It's SO out of character for him, but I attributed it to him being in pain.
We called the farrier who came out today to look at him. He saw a small stone bruise but didn't think it was too bad. He said to let him rest for 3 days, and see how it is. I wanted to have him shod to prevent further injury in the future, but he didn't think it was a good idea. He said IF in 3 days it's not better to watch for an abscess. We also may have to use wedge pads? IDK what these are.
I wasn't out there during the visit (I had a meeting) so I only know what the BO relayed. Anyways, this is my first experience with stone bruises and possible abscesses so I need advice. Is there anything I can do? Should I be worried?
I've had horses with stone bruises twice (that I know of) and I keep them barefoot all the time (well, I do use hoof boots if I ride i the rocks). Anyway, they have always healed within a couple weeks with no abscess or lasting effects. Every horse is different though. But I don't think it means you have to shoe him if you don't want to.
My horse had a horrible bruise from a bad shoeing job. My regular farrier pulled the shoe and hung it on her "wall of shame"! I soaked in warm water as much as possible. Took over 3 weeks to get better. since then I have educated by myself so this never ever happens again!
We've never had an abscess from a stone bruise, and in my experience, keeping the sole dry, hard, and tough is actually more comfortable for the horse than soaking it.
My mare recently had a stone bruise on her sole which turned into an abscess which the vet had to lance and puss shot out! Nasty!:-(
We soaked it as much as she'd let us in salty water (which amounted to almost nothing so I used to scrub it and rinse with warm water) , and I dried it, sprayed it with an antibac solution, and wrapped it three times a day reducing to 2x after a couple of weeks to keep it clean and dry. It was a long process but she's fine now - ours was caused by the farrier being too keen with his trimming - my mare has very splayed hooves as soon as they grow - so she walked on her soles instead of her hoof, but soaking will help the abscess to blow, reducing the pain - after that, keep it clean and dry and maybe treat with something to keep the germs at bay. I would clean her abscess, spray etc, pad with a vet padding and wrap a baby nappy around her hoof to keep everything in place then use vet wrap to keep it all in place. Good luck x:D
I'm sorry your horse is sore, it is so worrisome when they are in pain.
Luckily stone bruises are usually not a big deal and do usually heal relatively quickly with no lasting symptoms. At least in my experience.
I agree with the advise not to soak it (unless there is an exposed abscess). If an abscess breaks through the hoof wall or sole then that is a different story.
Horses can still be sore and get stone bruises even if they are wearing shoes. Shoes are not the answer for every horse.
But a correct barefoot hoof is essential for horse and rider to avoid soreness and bruising. Not all trims are created equal. Most farriers/ trimmers will trim a barefoot horse the same as a shod horse (or do a "pasture" or "broodmare" trim) and most of the time this is incorrect and will lead to horses with too thin a sole and an incorrect hoof which leads to lameness. Transition your horse's hoofs to become correct barefoot feet can sometimes take a while. I am working on getting a horse who has been shod his whole life to barefoot and I am expecting it to be a 6-8 month process. When I meet a horse that is not doing well barefoot I evaluate the hoof first to see if it has the potential to be a good barefoot hoof and with time and attention most are able to make the transition.
But for now rest will let him heal up! Good luck!
In addition to other posts, I will add that conventional rim shoes don't protect the underside from stone bruises, but if you ride on rough ground & your horse isn't up to it(eg he lives in a nice soft paddock), hoof boots are a great investment & suitable in most situations.
You might want to try Magic Cushion, it's great and a lot of horses find it very soothing.
Well, he was about 95% better today. The vet came out and did a make shift wrap to cushion his foot, just to prevent any further injury. She even gave us the okay to go on the trail ride with the rest of the barn crew. (YAY!) I was all prepared to ride one of the school horses, and then got the ok, I was pretty ecstatic.
He really must of been feeling better to because he was really being a brute. His Appy-tude was coming out, he kept fighting me, which he does normally because he hates work. He did awesome on the trail, but when we got into the arena, Appy-tude came out. I am over-joyed that he is better. But I am looking into boots for him to avid this in the future.
Curious why he hates work & what you do to try to address that? Is it boredom? Tedious or stressful exercises...?
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