Abscess

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  1. Indy-Bins

    Indy-Bins Full Member

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    Today my mare pulled up dead lame when she was being ridden. Both myself and coaches check my horse over and over again looking for swelling or heat from any of her legs. We found nothing, we figure it is her frount left and an abscess but we are not 100% sure. I soaked her leg just incase for 15 mins, do you think I should pultis her leg or anything else for the mean time????
    The worst part about this whole ordeal is we were susposed to go to an event on the weekend, Thats not happening any more frown
     






  2. TheNaturalWay

    TheNaturalWay Full Member

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    hello, my horse is lame too. Im soaking it for 15 mins a day. If i was you, i would get a vet out to check, better safe than sorry.
     
  3. spyro1

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    If you are sure that it is an abcess, poulticing the leg will do you no good. You can soak the hoof in epsom salts and hot water for 15 minutes and then apply icthamol (a drawing salve) to the sole of her hoof. wrap with gauze pads to keep the icthamol in place and then wrap the whole hoof with vetwrap, being careful not to go over the coronet band. Do this every day until you can get your farrier to come look at it. 9 times out of 10, the farrier will be able to dig the abcess out witha regular trim. Unless the abcess is going to pop out of the coronet band. good luck
     
  4. Chiki

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    Ahhh Sorry to here that My Doc just went through that same thing. He came to us with brused hooves and whiteline seperation. He went lame fast and just out of the blue. I didn't have a hoof tester so I just pushed with my thumbs to find where the pain was. He also had no swelling or heat just pain. I started to soak him in epsm salt while he ate. After 3 days of soaking just above his coronet band it broke open and drained for a day and a half. He instantly felt and looked better. I continued to soak him for a few more days and kept his hoof clean and dry. He is doing alot better. I have also read about the absess breaking through the hoof bulb. I look at the pain factor as if you smashed your thumb with a hammer and had a blood blister form under the nail when the pressure is reliesed you feel instant relief. I would call a vet to figure out your best plan to drain it. http://www.mascalcia.net/eng/therapy.htm
    GOOD LUCK!!

    <small>[ August 28, 2003, 07:13 AM: Message edited by: Chiki ]</small>
     
  5. XmasAngel98

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    Okay, this is on the same subject. Yesterday my farrier put a nail in wrong in one of my horse's hooves. He ended up leaving that nail out. Is there anything I can do to keep her foot from absessing from this nail or just keep an eye on it? He said she may be sore for a day or so, but if it lasts longer than that to call him. Anyway, I was just wondering if there were any preventative measures I could take. Thank you!
     
  6. Dawn

    Dawn Senior Member+

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    You could go ahead and soak it. I'd change farriers well.
     
  7. XmasAngel98

    XmasAngel98 Senior Member

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    I would NEVER change my farrier. He does an awesome job and is wonderful with my girls. He didn't totally put the nail in. My girl pulled away and he knew this wasn't like her so he didn't keep putting it in. That's when he saw that he had put it in wrong. He's been shoeing Beauty for over 10 years (since before we owned her). If he did it all the time that's one thing, but this is the first time he's done it while we owned her (6 years) and I think everyone is allowed a mistake or two.
     
  8. Dawn

    Dawn Senior Member+

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    I've had some bad experiences with farriers so I would only give one chance but you know your farrier. Yeah, just soak it in epsom salt to help draw out the soreness.
     
  9. Indy-Bins

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    Thanks for the Replies, my girl is all better now we're heading off to a show this weekend. Wish us luck!!! :D
    We ended up puting a poultis on her hoof (which she got off every night) along with soaking it. After a few days my Farrier came up and pulled her shoe and found it underneath the shoe so her just cut it out and now she is back to normal.
     
  10. XmasAngel98

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    I'm glad to hear she's doing better! Good luck at your show!:)
     






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