Can a farriers trim cause an abscess? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 07-27-2018, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Can a farriers trim cause an abscess?

Kinda feel dumb posting this, but can a farriers trim cause an abscess in the hoof? I have a new farrier and he has been out twice. First time a couple weeks later my gelding came up lame with an abscess. Now a week after this last trim my mare looks to have an abscess, but isn't lame. So could his trimming lead to them getting an abscess? Would like to note that in 12 years of having horses these are the only times I have had any horses get an abscess.

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-27-2018, 11:03 PM
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Absolutely! My mare had a bad trim that made her left foot uneven to where she was putting more weight on one side of her hoof than the other. Pretty much walking on that part. and that side got a very deep abscess.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-28-2018, 06:35 AM
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Absolutely. BUT i wouldnt jump to conclusions either, based on yhat info.

Many abscesses come about due to bruising, and frequently farriers pare sole & frog that shouldnt be - removing necessary protection, making bad bruising more likely. Sometimes they happen due to lack of necessary trimming - pressure on the sole from overgrown bars is one common thing. And imbalance, too much pressure in a small area etc can cause abscessing too, which may or may not be caused by yhe farrier.

So can a bash to the foot, seedy toe, flaring, overly wet footing, damage to the coronary border...

I wonder, what makes you think your mare has an abscess coming on if she isnt lame? If theres evidence of one been & gone, id think it very unlikely to have been due to a trim only a week ago, even if it did only burst today. But the farrier could have uncovered it in trimming, so you could see it.
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