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January 26, 2010
My dad was a blacksmith…so I called him this morning. His advice -- it can take up to a week – 10 days for it to heal. Make a linseed mash poultice, spread it around the area and wrap it. Soak the hoof in water and apple cider vinegar daily. It may take a few days to break through though.
As it's been 4 days it may break through with the Epsom salts soak, too. I am not sure where you'd find linseed either?
February 10, 2009
My only advice was going to be to ask around to find a REAL blacksmith, not just a guy who slaps shoes on horses. They are few and far between nowadays, and unless you already know one, this is a tough time to try to find one.
Cindy came through for you though! I knew a good hot poultice was going to be an answer too, but didn't know exactly so was biting my tongue. I used to have horses, and worked with hunters and jumpers, as well as with standard-bred race horses and for a time back when I was a teenager and into my early 20s, but didn't feel able to say more than a true farrier will know the best thing.
Thank you Cindy!!! And thank your Da too!
August 15, 2008
Hey- Abcesses can be a pain to treat. Another treatmentoption,in addition too the epsom salt soaks is Ichthamol salve. It smells awful but it acts as a drawing agent. But it requires a dry place to house them and wrapping the foot. Or you can get any easy boot. Cavello"s are the easiest to use and if you get the right size they will stay on. After soaking 1. dry the foot some ( it doesn't need to be dripping.) 2. pack wth ichthamol. put some gauze pads over it. if the abcess is on the sole cover the whole sole. with salve and gauze. then wrap the foot with duct tape. careful around the coronet band. Dont get it too tight. keep the horse in a dry area. or you can put an easy boots on and turn him out in a small dry area. If you get cavello boots, they have little vent holes in the sides of the shoe for water to come out of the boot, I'd cover those so sand and water don't get in the boot. (I duct taped the inside of my boots. It worked) you still need to make sure he is turned out in a dry area though. you change the dressing twice daily all the easy boot cuts out is the duct tape. But keeping a hoof wrapped on a horse can be challenging , that boot makes an already difficult chore a little easier. Here is the kicker they are expensive and only come in pairs. See if anyone has a set you can borrow. and they will fit over shoes. Good luck with this, abcesses can be a bear to treat.
Oh and I put betadine in my soak water, it makes me feel better and it drys a little.
I have used pull ups instead of gauze when WRAPPING as they cushion the foot some, BUT you REALLY have to keep them in a dry area!!! Or they get a big soggy diaper on their foot. GROSS!
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