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post #1 of 6 Old 07-12-2019, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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thrush or abscess

my horse has had a bad case of thrush but now it appears to have moved up to his heel bulbs.. however, someone questioned whether or not it was an abscess. He doesn’t not appear to be limping or lame so I’m thinking it is just the thrush but I have never seen anything like this. What should I do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-12-2019, 01:49 AM
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Yikes!
That doesn't look too great. He also seems to have a pretty big and deep crevice going up between his heels!

Have you had a farrier look at it? This seems pretty serious. Might consider having a vet see this too.

For me, besides a good trim I would want to use some type of treatment on it like clean trax or white lightning.

Also is there a scratch on his ankle? it looks kinda pink and hairless. Maybe he got caught on something!
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He appears to have thrush at a minimum...
He also appears he has had some type of trauma injury, not recent, to his rear hoof and possibly including pastern.
Either way, your farrier...give him/her a call and let them know you need some help getting ahead of this whatever it is but suspected thrush.
The farrier would be able to deep clean between the bulbs and trim that frog so it would not be a home to bacteria creating issue.
I would suspect you will need to get a few items of your farriers choosing so they can clean, treat, possibly soak and apply cotton balls or something similar for a duration treating of infection between those hoof bulbs...
If your horse just erupted a abscess {not seeing this myself} the opening and releasing of toxins and pressure inside the hoof capsule would give relief and most times a horse was sore, once opened and draining toxins the animal feels relief and moves better, near pain free sound.
I see the mark, but not sure that is abscess eruption point or did the horse get caught on something or "forge", hit and cut themself with a different hoof.
Soaking of the hoof, I'm not sure if I would do that as my concern is if that is a injury site, not thrush the chemicals could actually hurt and burn the horse in reaction...not good.
Let this be seen and evaluated by farrier or vet first would be my path of helping the horse so the correct product is used.

Farrier, give a call.
Most farriers will make the effort to come and see or prepare to text some pictures of your concern.
A clean hoof, no debris on it, the picture you have along with some others straight on clearly showing hoof bottom so good idea of your issue is seen.
You can also do this with your vet....but a good farrier...well they are the foot specialist.
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Yikes!
That doesn't look too great. He also seems to have a pretty big and deep crevice going up between his heels!

Have you had a farrier look at it? This seems pretty serious. Might consider having a vet see this too.

For me, besides a good trim I would want to use some type of treatment on it like clean trax or white lightning.

Also is there a scratch on his ankle? it looks kinda pink and hairless. Maybe he got caught on something!


Yes, he did cut his ankle on something and we treated it, then he cut it again so he may have just punctured his hoof bulb too but I haven’t been able to find what he could have gotten caught up in.
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That will only heal when you find a farrier who will open up that heel with a proper trim. Until then, you can pour every treatment available in, and it will still be bad.
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Yeah, thrush, but I'm thinking abscess distinct possibility too. Horses don't have to be abjectly lame to have an abscess, especially in the heels, where any bruise/infection isn't trapped between a rock(bone) & a hard place(wall).
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