Grate up a raw potato, stick it in a bag or diaper, duct tape it on (make sure the potato covers where you think the abscess may be). Leave it on for 24 hours, then change it, checking to see if anything blew.
If it has, do it again, change in 12 hours. Then take care of it as you will.
It works. It's cheaper than the other stuff. No soaking.
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our BO claims they come to a head faster if you skip the soaking and packing and just toss the horse out in the pasture to walk around on it- the movement and resulting pressure works far better than standing in the stall, packed, and foot-soaking doesn't really do anything other than give the worried owner something to do.
I also don't soak, but do pack with an epsom salt slurry and a diaper or ichthammol. I had one mare this summer that wasn't doing well with the epsom salt pack (still really sore) and I put the icthammol pack on and within 12 hours she was much better.
I also wrap the diaper with vet wrap and then use the Gorilla duct tape, which holds up really well to foot traffic. And the horse is turned out and hopefully walks around to help encourage the abcess to drain.
Some practitioners are skilled at draining an abscess and some are not.
Bet your last dollar that anybody that says soaking is a good idea probably shouldn't be trusted to perform the task of draining an abscess anyway.
Well, farrier saw the hole vet dug in the sole (for nothing) and he was PISSED! I technically did not own mare yet at that point (leasing) & was not there for the vet appointment. The good news is that I think owner found the whole thing to be such a butt-pain she finally agreed to sell her to me
I do really think the soaking is to give fretting caretaker something to do, as mentioned above.
Last edited by Hippolyta; Jan. 10, 2013 at 05:31 AM.