I just had my 5 yr old mare at a show on Sunday. She did brilliantly! I kept her in yesterday because of rain but when I went to the barn to check on her I noticed something up with her left hind. It wasn't swollen but looked like a scab and blood just above the coronary band. Not it is to the inside of her leg do she could have nicked herself but it truly looks like an abscess blowout. I jogged her on concrete and she was sound as ever. Didn't mind me scrubbing it and putting stuff on it. I kept her in today too and will be going back out this afternoon. But should I be concerned? Because right now I'm pretty freaked out.
I don't know why that would freak you out. If it popped, it is over, just take care of it. I had one horse blow an abscess so big that she lost a lot of her heel bulb and had to wear a bar shoe for months afterwards. She never took an off step before or after.
We had this happen with Mom's Friesian cross. She most likely gave it to herself by kicking the fence (no shoes), and was never off or sore. We only knew about it when it broke out and we saw the ooze.
Originally Posted by Silverbridge
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You wouldn't believe how many things my horse has done to himself and never taken a lame step! Including a roofing nail lol. I wouldn't keep her in too long, moving around on it probably kept the swelling down. (If she was just trailered to a show Sunday my bet would be she caught herself a little in the trailer)
I've never had one so close to the coronary band. This horse has great feet and goes barefoot. I don't want it to harm future hoof growth. Plus she's a saint and I hate to think that she might have been sore during her first o/f experience.
It's been raining so that's why they are all staying in. So as not to ruin what pasture they do have.
Happened to me too. I had an awesome 4 hour trail ride with my paint mare. Honestly the best ride I had with that horse. Got back to the barn and two abscesses blew out in both front feet. I felt like the worst horse abuser in the world, but she wasn't bothered at all. Talk about stoic.
My arab had a tiny little abscess come out at the coronet band and acted like he was dead lame on it. But he was such a big baby about everything and was 100% sound the next day when the vet came to check it. I got laughed at for worrying about it.
I used to own an Arab gelding who was prone to abcessses that would progress very quickly. He'd often be lame on them for a very short period of time (as in a couple of hours) and then they'd drain on their own, and he'd be back to comfortable as soon as they opened up. So that is certainly a possibility.
Personally, at this point I'd probably just try to keep it clean if it were me.
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