Many horse owners and riders are unable to recognise the symptoms that indicate the beginnings of an abscess.
If detected early, most abscesses can be treated in a simple fashion and the horse can be returned to work within hours. However, if an abscess is missed for a day, it will build up pressure within the hoof and can cause more serious associated problems and take weeks to fix.
There are four types of abscesses that can occur in the hoof and long before they become visible, you will have noticed a change in your horse’s attitude or a slight change in the regular gait, or unevenness; often they will rest one leg and point the hoof. You must be aware enough to notice these changes - it is your duty of care.
If you suspect an abscess, look for a digital pulse in the suspect leg (this is an … Continue Reading ››