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post #11 of 17 Old 03-31-2017, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Is there anything I should be doing besides keeping it clean?

I've had people tell me it is an abscess so I've been treating it like one, but it also could be thrush? I'm not sure but thankfully the farrier and vet are going to be out this weekend
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Is there a noticeable hole where this drainage came from that you are flushing? (Sorry - I may be reading your post wrong).


Without seeing the horse or the hoof it's hard to say what exactly you should or should not be doing. I would not, not treat the thrush if the horse has it. I'm assuming that when you clean the hoof you are seeing a white flaky area or you are smelling a foul odor to be thinking there is thrush. With as rainy as it has been and the bacteria in the mud, soaking in Epsom salt isn't going to hurt and would also help with any thrush. For the thrush you can spray a mixture of bleach and water onto the hoof or you can put the Koppertox on it. I like that thrush magic myself but I do always have the koppertox and it does work wonders. Don't squirt it down any holes.

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There is a very small hole and it almost looks like a puncture that's draining, so maybe it wasn't a true abscess. I'm scarred of him getting thrush where the hole is, but hopefully the iodine would help prevent that.
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To be honest, what you are doing sounds fine. Since you are worried about thrush and the something getting into the puncture wound, you can also use desitin in the hoof if you want to (Just use your finger to rub it in the heel groove) and you can also just use betadine. The betadine would treat the puncture and the thrush at the same time...

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post #15 of 17 Old 03-31-2017, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you!

Do you think this could be life threatening in any way? And could it jeopardize his show career?
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Life threatening?? What makes you think that??! Of course, we only have the little you've told us to go on, but it sounds reasonably minor to me. **Although if it was a puncture wound and whatever it was went in deep, that could possibly cause serious damage/infection.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-01-2017, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing makes me think it would be life threatening besides the fact that I'm paranoid. I talked to the BO and she thinks of it were a puncture he'd be dead lame and it'd be bleeding. She says it's either an abscess or thrush in his heel

The farrier is coming out at 1:30 so he'll tell me exactly what's going on and how to deal with it (I hope)
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