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post #21 of 28 Old 04-07-2011, 07:15 PM
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Oh my. Our older horse Rebel, had the same thing. We had to soak his feet three times a day. The vet said it would heal in about three years. I was definitely not going to miss work to soak his feet for three years! I eventually sold him to a wonderful young girl with the time to soak him and get him back in the saddle. As far as I know, he healed great.
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Three years?? Wow. Our vet has us soaking for only a few days
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post #23 of 28 Old 04-07-2011, 07:24 PM
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Three years?? Wow. Our vet has us soaking for only a few days
Rebel was a rescue though, and he was very old, I think he had it from when he was young too, so that might have been the cause of the time. It was horrible though
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post #24 of 28 Old 04-07-2011, 07:43 PM
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When I hear abscess I think scary things!

My favourite school pony got an abscess last november. It was drained and he was put in a stable until he was better. He was still lame four months later. Then about a month after that he seemed alot better so he was put back out into the paddock. Now he is being ridden again after 6 months. He still sometimes take a lame step but it way better than when he got the abscess. He pretty much could not walk.

But of course all abscesses are different! I hope your horse gets better soon =D
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Often an abcess take take about 3 weeks to blow out the soft tissue above the hoof. It is an infection that will slowly gather momentum until it is ready. One really doesn't want the vet digging into the sole to find it as then it's a real job trying to keep the hole in the sole cleaned out. It closes up and traps contaminents which can turn into a whole other ball game. If he's on turnout good as it's best for him to keep moving and keep the blood circulating in his hoof. When I was trying to get weight on my old horse I boiled flax and added that to his senior's ration along with veg. oil. Altho I barely got weight on him his coat took on a beautiful sheen and his black hooves actually got blacker and more elastic. It took about a month. A friend now feeds that to her old horse and her shelly hooves are now strong and in good shape.



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I stalled him this morning because I saw something that looked like it may have ruptured, and the vet said to put him on stall rest immediately to get him out of the mud and dirt when it ruptured. It was muddy so I couldn't see the hoof, but when I soaked it after school, I couldn't see anywhere it might have come out. I'll turn him out when I go back out.

I feel so bad for this poor boy, he's been through so much. Today while his foot was soaking I just held his head and he closed his eyes and almost went to sleep on me.
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post #27 of 28 Old 04-08-2011, 10:27 PM
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I stalled him this morning because I saw something that looked like it may have ruptured, and the vet said to put him on stall rest immediately to get him out of the mud and dirt when it ruptured. It was muddy so I couldn't see the hoof, but when I soaked it after school, I couldn't see anywhere it might have come out. I'll turn him out when I go back out.

I feel so bad for this poor boy, he's been through so much. Today while his foot was soaking I just held his head and he closed his eyes and almost went to sleep on me.
Have you pulled his shoes and given a proper trimming, would really like to see picture of the amish shod hoof.
Best program i have for inproving hoof health,
Feed high quality protien, low sugar, with calf manna, salt mix should be horse specific given free choice loose, soak feet in 20 mule borax, pack with pine tar before turning out. hope your horse gets well soon.
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post #28 of 28 Old 04-08-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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He has his shoes pulled and trimmed every 7 weeks or so. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow if I remember.
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