In this case, the horse was
very lame to the point that he was jumping on three legs to avoid stepping
down on the afflicted foot. Amazingly this happened over night even
though the horse was shod about 5 weeks prior.
were used to
localize the effected area. The horse was sensitive mainly about one
inch below the coronet at the left quarter (left side on the photo fig
1) Very small and deep hole was found (enlarge the photo and small arrow
depicts the area) on the bottom of the hoof on the left quarter. Even
though there was another hole present in the white line, the horse was
not at all sensitive in that area. The small hole (depicted by the arrow)
was enlarged and deepened using small object like a hoof nail. Following
steps were taken the first day:
The horse got very much sounder the next day.
Following steps were taken the second day:
In this case, the horse was sound within three days. Note, there were no other medication used in taking care of this problem. Often folks and some vets as well, will treat the horse with Butazolidin. If the case would be only an inflammation of the sensitive tissue (laminae) then it would be OK. However, since we are almost never sure that it is such case and that there is no abscess (infection), we are better of treating it as if there would be one. The reason for it is simple.
I never like to use any pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs in this case, as it usually prolongs the suffering of the animal anyway. However, if the threat of foundering exist on account of severe infection of the laminae, that may be another matter. Never the less, I have treated successfully many severely abscessed feet without using Butazolidin. I am aware of the fact, that it is very painful to see your horse suffering, but it is better for him when it is over quicker.
In the case that you wish to turn your horse out with the bandaged hoof, it is recommended that you use something like the "easy boot" as depicted on the photo.
Please, make sure that the boot as well as the "Vetrap" is not too tight in order to insure proper blood circulation. For the same reason, make sure that the Vetrap is not covering the coronet band (see all photos)
Alternative Treatment no. 2 of an Abscess in the Hoof. (deep abscess)
Alternative treatment no. 3 of an Abscess in the Hoof (opening - drilling)
All my comments
are merely my opinions and beliefs gained from 40 years of professional life
with horses. All drugs should be used only by the consent of a veterinarian and
according to his instructions. A person who is with the horse everyday, should
know him better than anyone else.