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    Unhappy Could it be an abscess? Or a puncture.... ;(

    So my mare was a little funky yesterday so I checked her feet, picked them thinking it could have been a rock. She was in mud for a day so I thought maybe she had a bruise?

    Well today I picked her feet out and saw a tiny mark on her hoof that could possibly be a puncture? No blood, no heat or swelling anywhere.

    So I cleaned her foot up and poultices it and wrapped it with a cotton pad.

    Now she is super lame. She doesn't even want to put weight on it.

    Any thoughts? I am calling vet in the morning.



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    Sounds like you are doing the right thing in any event. Glad the vet is coming out. Good luck!



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    could be bruise. I was convinced my mare had foundered & was going to die when she had an abscess...you are doing aok. Hang tight & good luck!



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    I just thought it was strange she got so much more sore after I poultices and wrapped her.

    She has never been lame in the 9 years I have had her!!!!



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    When my mare had her's last summer it took so long to come out, and some days she would be worse than others. She was a bit off the first day, then two days later was rocking on her heels (hence my panic). I think as it travels it can hurt more or less, depending on where it is.

    She, too, had never been lame in 10 yrs of her life. Keep us posted.



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    Here's hoping you have a nice big abscess blow-out soon!
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    The timing of your wrapping could have just been the same timing as the abscess hitting the painful time, don't stress too much until the vet comes out!


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    Well I have a call in to vet. She has been quite busy today so I haven't heard from her yet.


    She isn't worse, but still lame. I took the poultice off and let it dry out. I picked it again and did see a little indent where a rock lodged or maybe punctured?

    So if I don't here from the vet, in your guys experience, what would you wrap it with?

    I have Epsom salt, I have nolvasan, betadine and poultice. Some people have said a sugar and betadine mash, what would be best?

    Thanks guys!!



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    I wouldn't soak but I'd diaper wrap/dip with epsom salt and hot water. My guess is abscess/bruise not puncture. I think with a puncture deep enough to case the lameness you describe you'd have seen more. Poor gal. Good luck.
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    What ever it is was just tuning up for the big show. Your wrapping was coincidental. This is the usual time frame for an abscess. Slow start, simmer, big bang! Stone bruises are normal to "Ow" in a stride.
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    I would wrap instead of soak, too. Epsom salts, sugardine or ichthamol (messy)...anything that helps draw it out. People rave about the Animalintex pads.

    I soaked & would not do it again. besides being a pain, it made that hoof really chippy for a long time (anything that draws, dries).



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    Animalintex is the way I would go.



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    I did sugar dine last night and when I took off the wrap this morning the betadine was gone from the sugar. Is that normal? All that was left was the sugar.

    So this time I mixed the sugar dine with poultice.

    Vet is coming out for her 30 preg check so I will have her take a look.

    It has to be an abscess. She wouldn't be that lame with no other symptoms otherwise.

    I just fee l bad cause the baby runs around her like crazy and she just wants to stand still for at least a second!!!

    It's better for her to walk on it right? If its an abscess?



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    Vet thinks it is an abscess. So it is diapers and icthamol for a while until it pops! Poor girl!

    Oh and she is 30 days in foal!


    I hope it pops soon, I hate to see her limping around!



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    Often when you poultice the horse will get lamer before the thing pops. I might even wrap one of those single use hand warmers to the bottom.



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    Quote Originally Posted by fourmares View Post
    Often when you poultice the horse will get lamer before the thing pops. I might even wrap one of those single use hand warmers to the bottom.
    clever!!!!!



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