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post #131 of 144 Old 05-22-2011, 12:35 AM
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My mare got an abcess in her hind foot about a week after I got her, I don't think she had been shod on the hinds ever, but was very neglected. It broke through in two different places above her coronary band in her heel.

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post #132 of 144 Old 05-22-2011, 06:04 AM
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My mare has had 1 abscess in the 3 yrs I've had her (she is barefoot). We went on a trail with crushed limestone and one tiny piece got stuck up in the corner and caused an abscess. it hasn't happened since and we've been on that trail tons of times since so I think it was just one of those things.

The vet dug it out right where it started so not sure where it would have come out had we let it. She's never had any lameness issues other than that one incident and has never had a shoe on her. She is 10 now. She's ridden 3-4 times per week and does Eventing, Jumpers, Hunter paces and fox hunting :)

That said I think she's the exception not the rule ;) don't think many horses could do that barefoot without issue she just has big round hard supportive tootsies so guess I got lucky ;)
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post #133 of 144 Old 05-22-2011, 10:04 PM
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^ All my horses do the same, so maybe she is the rule :]

I chase cattle across rocky country barefoot, as well as all my regular trails around the roads of my city and regular competeing at numerous disciplines.

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post #134 of 144 Old 05-23-2011, 12:44 AM
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Nice! :)
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post #135 of 144 Old 05-23-2011, 08:57 AM
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And we were discussing abscess's in all of the horses we'd both worked with which is probably 35 put together or more, And we came to the conculsion that if a horse had been or was shod their abscess broke through along the coronary band,

And horses that had never been shod they abscesses if they had any broke through in much less damaging places and had less instants of having them at all.
I will have to tell my herd that they need to change their MO to meet your not very scientific study.

Curious, of the 35 horses in your study how many abscesses have you dealt with?
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post #136 of 144 Old 05-23-2011, 09:27 AM
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Don't get this part of your comment.

And we came to the conclusion that if a horse Had or Was shod, their abcess broke through along the coronary band.

In my opinion, if a horse has an abcess, it will break wherever it needs to. Whether shod or not.

This is not a scientific formulation mind you. Just my opinion.
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post #137 of 144 Old 05-23-2011, 09:37 AM
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I think she and her friend were just trying to find a pattern and see if there was any scientific reasoning behind the one they found, which is why she was asking others their personal experience as well to either support or debunk it :)
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post #138 of 144 Old 05-23-2011, 10:12 AM
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Oh I understand. I see their point of a possible pattern, but it looks as if they formulated their conclusion. To me, its not correct. My opinion is wherever there is a weakness in the hoof that is a probable area where an abscess will reveal itself. Whether shod or unshod.
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My opinion is wherever there is a weakness in the hoof that is a probable area where an abscess will reveal itself. Whether shod or unshod.
I agree. Most abscesses I've seen break through the coronet band or heel bulbs, simply because these are the easiest/softest places. The only times I've seen them come through the sole or bars is when I've followed a discovered bacterial point of entry to dig it out, and given relief that way. Only once have I seen one blow out through the white line in the toe, but that horse had some serious white line problems. For the most part abscesses won't work their own way out through the sole, in my experience.
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post #140 of 144 Old 05-24-2011, 02:04 PM
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** Major noob shoe question warning **

If you ride on pavement, can you still barefoot? Do hooves wear down faster on pavement if you don't have shoes?

Again, sorry for the noob question.
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