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  1. #1
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    Jun. 18, 2004
    Calgary, Alberta

    Default Abscess

    Has anyone had a horse with a massive hoof abscess without heat or lameness?

  2. #2
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    Dec. 7, 2008


    Not personally, but I know of horses that have blown out pretty big abscesses and up until the explosion, no one (apparently horse included) had any idea that something was brewing.

  3. #3
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    Feb. 11, 2011


    Yes. Suggest you have an x-ray. They are no fun when really deep.

  4. #4
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    Mar. 8, 2004
    Baltimore, MD


    Years ago my then broodmare blew out the whole outside bulb of her heel on a hind foot while showing no lameness. She had to wear a bar shoe for months afterward.

  5. #5
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    Nov. 29, 2011


    My horse had an abscess a couple months ago, she was never lame. I arrived one morning and her leg up to the hock was swollen, I poked a bit at the hoof and out came the puss. The swelling was gone by the next day, I soaked the hoof a couple days, kept the hole clean etc, and we were riding a couple days after. I think it pretty much completely drained that first day, nothing else seemed to come out with further soaking and poulticing, but better safe.

  6. #6
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    Feb. 22, 2012
    MS Gulf Coast


    I think I'm fighting a rather deep abscess right now in my horse. He showed signs of it 2 weeks ago. Called the vet out and found a sensitive spot, so we packed his hoof and put him on antibiotics. He was perfectly sound 2 days later and has been for 2 weeks up until last night. It never blew out. So I packed it again last night and put him back on antibiotics (left over from last time).

    I'm not sure what else I can do right now. He has some surface cracks that the vet thought might be exacerbating the situation. Farrier is due in 2 weeks, so I think I'm going to talk to the farrier about putting on shoes. The only common denominator in all this is the wet weather.

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