Do I HAVE to soak a foot abcess or can I just pack it?
My guy's barefoot (he has generally good feet), has been since I've owned him (over 2 years) and he's never taken a lame step, until two days ago (Jan 1)... :no: He was trimmed on Dec 31 and then turned out in a small "dry" lot that does have trees with exposed roots, some rocks etc. It has been raining alot, so the "dry" lot was pretty soft and muddy and spots. This was the 3rd trim by this particular trimmer, and though I think my guy's toes are abit long after this new trimmer does him (we're working on it), my horse was not off after the first 2 trims.
The day after his trim, he was slightly lame/sore at the walk when in the groomed arena, but generally moving OK. With the wet ground etc. I thought maybe he'd stepped on a tree root or whatnot, and figured he'd bruised himself abit.He's been out most days, in only at night. Put Durasole on both fronts.
This AM, he didn't want to walk out of his stall, his L front is obviously bothering him, sometimes resting the foot cocked on on his toe, but when I pounded on the sole with the hoofpick, there was very little reaction... Again put on some Durasole and had to go to work, while be back at lunch to wrap etc.
I have a feeling he won't be too great about standing with his foot in a bucket to soak it before wrapping, and I'm wondering if all this wet caused this anyhow... so I'm wondering if I can just wrap it with Ichtammol, Termacare heat pad, etc. and not soak?