My mare tends to get abscesses in late August (as in, has every year for the last 3 years). I need some suggestions to keep her sounds this year as we're trying to show her for the first time & keep a schedule for the summer.
I have NO idea why she gets a yearly abscess - must have something to do with the weather but I don't know what.
She otherwise has excellent feet/general health.
(I plan to discuss with the vet during vaccinations)
PA, where the State motto is: "If it makes sense, we don't do it!".
Yes, have your horse's thyroid level tested as well as insulin and glucose, then go to the Cushing's and Insulin Resistance board: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/EquineCushings/
to check the ratios to determine if your horse is insulin resistant. It seems to me that this could be caused by the grass. The fact that it is seasonal is a big, red flag to me....
You may also want to check for Cushing's at some point....
Well, consider yourself lucky; my guy's abscess season is April-Oct. I would also recommend pads; especially if she is flat footed. Mine had normal insulin and glucose levels, but I suspect he has a minor sensitivity to spring/summer grass that exacerbates any bruising caused by his flat footedness. Last year we kept him in Eponas with packing and he did great.