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  1. #1
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    Default Seasonal Abscess

    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.

    Any ideas?

    (I plan to discuss with the vet during vaccinations)
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    She might be getting bruises that turn into abscesses. Perhaps talk to your farrier about pads for her tootsies?
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    Any ideas?
    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....
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    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.
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    Thanks for the info guys - I will definitely look into this further!

    She's only 9 in June. Obviously I need to do research.

    I had considered pads (thanks for that suggestion) but she's never worn shoes (AMAZING feet). Perhaps once we get her jumping a little higher this year it's something I'll have to consider.
    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
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