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post #1 of 10 Old 03-31-2014, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Abscess with no pain or lameness?

About 3 wks ago we noticed that my mare had a gash just above her back right hoof right on the coronary band. We cleaned it up and put antibacterial on it and got the vet out. He said that he didn't think it was a ruptured abscess because she didn't show any signs of discomfort when he applied pressure to the bottom of her hoof. So he guessed she just caught it on some ice or something. So we kept it clean and it started healing. Then, this past Tuesday, we noticed the same area had ruptured again! Only slightly worse this time. So we are keeping it as clean as possible in this muddy mess weather. The strange part is she has not taken a lame step at all before or after either of the blow outs. It doesn't seem to bother her at all. Is this normal?
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It does happen where the coronet band has some minor trauma and not due to an abscess, especially when the hoof has been very wet.
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So is it something I should be worried about? Or is it just something that we should continue to keep a close eye on?

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So is it something I should be worried about? Or is it just something that we should continue to keep a close eye on?
Nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on it and leave it heal and grow out. If you want to clean it, just dab, don't scrub as that will continue to irritate the area. It will grow out with a slit in the outer hoof just like a popped abscess.
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I've seen horses with cuts and bruises on their heels before, it happens. When its wet and muddy outside, their heels get really soft and easy to damage. Just keep it as clean as possible, she will be fine. My horse has had a few boo-boos in the past where he didn't show any kind of discomfort. Some horses are tough, some will make a fuss over the smallest thing. Luck of the draw, I guess!


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this exact same thing happened to my Eddie horse last summer. i went to test ride him and discuss leasing him with his owner one day - his right front foot looked just fine. when it came time to deliver Eddie horse to my barn he had (for lack of a better word) a dry divot right at his coronary band, just right of centre of his foot. there were no signs it was an abscess when i test rode him (and i was very detailed when looking him over, running hands down all his legs, etc), but i've had people say it is an abscess that ruptured. Eddie never took a lame step due to it, and it never seemed to bug him. it's now grown more than halfway down his hoof since the end of July last year. i think he just dinged it on something, external injury only.
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my filly had an abcess rupture on the coronary band. I didn't know she had an abcess until after it burst, as she showed no lameness or discomfort to indicate she had one
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Also inclined to say minor cut/trauma, no stress. I wouldn't be stressing about it. But would treat with antiseptic & keep an eye on it, due to it happening twice in exactly the same place. It's possible either something in her paddock that she's cut on, a skin infection &/or due to the wet, or it is more serious problem/abscessing. IME while abscesses are usually incredibly painful for horses, it ain't necessarily so - may even be no noticeable lameness, you just see the evidence later. I'm not sure if I understood, but if the vet only checked for pain in the sole, for an abscess at the coronary border, that's not necessarily going to show anything.

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She still seems to be totally fine. We washed it again last night and it seems to be all scabbed over and is still not causing her any discomfort. We are just keeping it clean and watching it. Is it safe to ride her lightly if there is no discomfort or lameness?
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Make sure it's not healing at the top first before healing inside or it will continue to open.



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