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  1. #1
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    Default When a Hoof abscess goes bad! slideshow

    All this extreme weather in Kentucky has cause an usual number of hoof abscesses. I wish I had stock in duct tape! Anyway, most resolve easily but sometimes you get one that goes deep and can effect the surface of the coffin bone. Ivan was three legged lame for three days with an absess in spite of soaking and animalintex packs so we had it x rayed. Sure enough the sole was underrun with it and the tip of the bone was infected. I took pictures of the surgery to debride the bone and resolve the abcess. Thought it might be interesting for other horse owners. Ater this procedure the vet returned and introduced medical grade maggots under the hospital plate. They only eat the necrotic tissue and insure the hoof heals and the abscess doesn't return. Too gross even for me to take pictures of <g> He was sound almost immediately. The link will start the slideshow.

    http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d6a593...&blogview=true
    Last edited by Touchstone Farm,Ky; Sep. 22, 2011 at 06:17 PM.
    Touchstone Farm. Visit us at the slideshow of our Dutch mares and foals below! 30 mnutes of photos.
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    Very cool! Thank you for sharing. I hope your horse has a speedy recovery.



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    OMGiH I love you. Someone after our own hearts, who understands that photos are a MUST!

    Too bad no maggot pics but I can totally understand why you didn't. Fingers crossed for speedy growth!
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    Thanks!! That was so amazing to watch
    Hope your horse recovers quickly!



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    Poor baby! Thanks for sharing!



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    As usual, your photography is amazing--and that was fascinating to watch! I've been treating a terrible thrush infection in a 26 yo for 3 months, and got to watch a super vet finally get to the bottom of it last night. I hope your boy heals quickly, and cheers to the the wee maggots! Old fashioned medical treatments are wonderful!
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    Wow are those photo's crystal clear. Great work. Also, some non-annoying music for a change. :+P

    I have never seen THAT before.

    Thanks, I learned something.

    You are so clever with your slide show. I am impressed with all of it!

    Speedy recovery to your horse!



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    Awesome photographs. Why do they glue the shoe on before surgery and not after??

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery of your horse.



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    My guess would be the shoe was applied beforehand to help keep everything clean after surgery. If you had to glue on a shoe afterward you might contaminate the site, or get glue in the hole or something.

    Plus, if the patient feels any pain and gets fussy, the shoe is already on. But those are just my guesses.

    Very cool pictures.



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    Wow! Thanks for sharing! Keep us updated on your horses recovery! Looks like you got great help with that!
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    I was also really curious as to why the shoe was applied before surgery.

    Actually...is there a reason the horse couldnt go barefoot? (Please excuse me if this is a stupid question...its been a long day).


    Side note: Your vet is CUTE!!
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    The shoe goes on first to stabilize the hoof and to keep contamination in check. When you have to cut away so much you need the shoe to stabilize the foot . The putty like substance they put in at the last was to keep equal pressure on the rest of the sole so the horse doesn't come through the bottom. The bone is actually exposed so the hospital plate keeps it sealed and supported. I will try to get a shot of the maggots on Saturday morning. When they go in they look like tiny grains of white rice. When they come out they are big and fat and creepy <s>
    Touchstone Farm. Visit us at the slideshow of our Dutch mares and foals below! 30 mnutes of photos.
    http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4d6...304f513d3d0d0a



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    Steriltity and stabilty make total sense.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BaroquePony View Post
    Awesome photographs. Why do they glue the shoe on before surgery and not after??
    I was wondering the same. Very cool pics... here's to a speedy recovery!



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    That is way, totally awesomely cool, thank you for the pictures!

    I'm glad you'll be shooting the maggots - sounds totally gross, I know, but oh so fascinating!
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    Wonderful post, and love the slide show. You know exactly what we always want - good clear pics!

    Here's to a rapid and uneventful recovery!
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    I've been dealing with this in KY as well, though luckily not quite as bad. My mare's abscess just wasn't getting better with the usual treatments even after the farrier dug it out. There were a couple days when I could barely force her to walk. I took her in to have her foot xrayed and sure enough, she had some osteomyelitis in her coffin bone. We did 4 days of CleanTrax and LA200 and she's doing great. Still having to keep her slipper on and treat the hole with Xenodine, which has been a pain with all this rain. I suppose I can't complain though, since we avoided curetting or worse.



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    Poor Dr. Bras, working with a broken leg! He's fantastic though!

    Glad your horse is doing better and this was taken care of. Very cool pictures!



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    Fantastic pictures, though it gives me one more thing to worry about!

    OT, but what type of camera do you have?

    Thanks for sharing!



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    yea, another reason for the shoe (on top of protection and stability) might also be to put on a hospital plate. which will seal the hoof off form foreign matter, possible damage, AND allows the owner to lift, treat, and put back on

    great slide show, thanks



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