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Re: RC: Hoof abcess

Pat, I haven't seen the horse....but just because he's not lame on it
doesn't mean there is no discomfort.  It's sorta like running a race
with part of your shoe missing.  You could do some damage elsewhere if
he favors that foot. The laminae are very sensitive and the structural
integrity of the hoof has been compromised. (I'm assuming you are not
doing 50 miles at a walk!) If the openiing  happens to be in the
quarters, or close to where you drive nails, there is a possibility of
further damaging the hoof if he should lose the shoe.  When it grows out
enough that you don't have to treat it any more, you can replace the
shoe and build up the hoof in that area with Hoof It, or a similar

IMHO, there is always another ride...but not always another horse. 
Leave it open, let it grow out before you ask him for 50 miles on a
damaged foot. Err on the side of the horse.

Jim and Sun of Dimanche" wrote:
> Pat Oliva
> I am a member of ride camp but do not know how to post so I am using this format.  Tigger has a abcess in his hind foot.  It is located in the front near the wall. A week ago the vet opened it and drained it.  I have been soaking and irrigating  with betadine.  There is no pain and no drainage. But-there is a good size open hole.  I am torn between placing a shoe over it open or somehow putting dentine or other hardener in the hold before appling the shoe.  I am planning on a 50 next weekend and will use a easyboot over the shoe.
> Can anyone who has been there give me some advice.?
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