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My rescue TB has been limping on his left front foot, its warm and you can feel a pulse, so we are thinking abcess right? Well we tried soaking for the fist 5 days, along with packing it with ichtha something, still lame, thinking its really up high and let nature take its course.

Now its been 3 weeks, and he is still lame, improved walking, but still limps. Do abcessess really last this long or longer??

The only other thing I noticed, was this bump just above his hoof, and was thinking if it could be ringbone(its really hard and not soft,does not bother him if I touch it)? Could this also cause the limping? He is currently barefoot.

Its taking forever, would really like to get riding him

 

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You should have a vet look at that. Probably not a hoof abcess.

My concerns would be a bite from poisionous animal/insect or walled off abcess from puncture that healed over w/ something left behind. (could easily go un-noticed)
There are other things possible as well, but an x-ray and vet consult would be best.Especially after 3 wks.:shock:
 

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Update:
The vet was out this week, he has acute ring bone, on both front legs and deemed him not sound to ride.
He stated, it was so severe the xray's wouldn't even be necessary
Bute will help, but as we know, providing bute at a high frequency will cause ulcers. :cry:
 

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Aww, sorry to hear that. There are lots of horses that are on long term bute and don't suffer for it. Ensuring they have lots of hay in front of them at all times or feeding in several small feedings a day will go along way in keeping their tummy just fine. It's not a given that ulcers will become a problem........
 

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Did they recommend bute long term? I am also nervous about a lot of bute for an extended period of time. I always give ulcergard when giving bute, but that's going to get pricey long term. Poor guy...
 

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update

The vet recommended pain killers, and yes if he was to be given bute, he would recommend ulcer guard as a preventetive to ulcers.

But as long as he had an appetite he should be ok without bute, well he'd be ok as big yard ornament.

He said he was not sound and shouldn't be ridden. Potentially be dangerous for him and his rider. :-(

Both front feet were diagnosed with it. We are now going on 5 weeks of having him around, trying to nurse him back to health(rescue center said it was an abcess) Now it makes sense why it has not burst at the bottom or the coronary band. Unfortunately he will be going back.
 

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I am so, so very sorry. I hate to say this, but shame on the rescue. They really should have known better, and I'd be surprised if their vet didn't tell them this when they got him on. Sadly, sending him back is the right decision for you... I once had a beautiful 5 year old on trial and the vet check found ringbone in his back legs. The vet said he would be unridable within just a few years. Hugs!!
 

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Well thank you for the kind words.... I also suspected the rescue had to have had some knowledge of his condition, by their own vet, or just from their experience, but we will never know.

The vet stated his condition was acute, and didn't even require the xray for a diagnosis(even though xray was going to be $35). Stated anyone with some horse knowledge can tell you immediately that his feet were really bad.

Working feverishly for an entire month packing and soaking, only to be devastated by the vets diagnosis. We are going to be left without the poor guy and this feeling of failing miserably... I wouldn't wish these feelings on my worst enemies(if I had any) Saving money for an entire year to give to these people for this big beautiful horse we thought we would have forever.....

Dont trust anyone, and always take a vet,
 

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I'm sorry to hear about this diagnosis for your horse. But I just wanted to add that my horse was "off" for 4 weeks before a huge abcess popped out his heel. So although your case was not an abcess it could have been a possibility.
 
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