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Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:41 am
by reeler
I have an older gelding with a history of foot problems since he foundered 4 years ago.He's been doing fine, until it got muddy. Now he is limping & has 1 foot that stinks to high heaven. I'm treating it was an antifungal/thrush type product. The temps have gotten colder so mud isn't an issue right now-thus I'm Not keeping him penned up. Feedback appreciated.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:48 pm
by Bigfoot
That could be a host of issues. Abcess, affects of the founder, thrush, frozen ground. Do you know how to pressure test a foot?

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:52 pm
by reeler
Bigfoot wrote:That could be a host of issues. Abcess, affects of the founder, thrush, frozen ground. Do you know how to pressure test a foot?

No,I don't, but i can tell you its sensitive. He'll let me pick it up, but is uncomfortable. I'll Google about pressure test & see what I can find. The extreme smell is why I've been treating for thrush.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:37 pm
by wbvs58
It sounds like an abscess but what does his sole look like? Nice and concave like a normal horse with good tough feet, very flat or convex as in dropped like a horse that has foundered?

Ken

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:52 pm
by reeler
wbvs58 wrote:It sounds like an abscess but what does his sole look like? Nice and concave like a normal horse with good tough feet, very flat or convex as in dropped like a horse that has foundered?

Ken

Bingo- abscess.It must have burst, but I don't see where. Previously its been by coronary band, but must have been on the sole this time. He's getting around better tonight, & took off with the rest of the herd.To answer your question, his sole is more flat.He stays barefoot, & I try to keep hooves short.Never been the same since foundered. Thanks for your input. It's an ongoing saga with him.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:59 pm
by reeler
Bigfoot wrote:That could be a host of issues. Abcess, affects of the founder, thrush, frozen ground. Do you know how to pressure test a foot?

Do you mean how to use a hoof tester?
If so, I don't personally have one, but have seen farrier & vet use one. Previously I've used a hammer & gently tapped to help locate an abcess.That's what I think it was, because he's better tonight. The smell through me off, & made me think it was thrush.It must have been the smell of abcess burst.Still can't see where abscess burst, though.Thank you for your interest.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:41 pm
by talltimber
Believe I would get him up, clean up the foot and check it out. Take a hoof knife and careful pare away to where you can possibly see where it blew out.(or puncture, or whatever is going on)
If you find a place pare it out a little, soak in warm epsom salt water bath until the water cools, pack it with pine tar, pack the bottom with gauze, vet wrap it up but keep from getting too high/tight and cutting off the circulation at the fetlock. Check it, and repeat in a few days, sooner if he's in bad/muddy/manure conditions or if the wrap comes off. This was our standard method of treatment and it seems like it worked most of the time.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:22 pm
by reeler
talltimber wrote:Believe I would get him up, clean up the foot and check it out. Take a hoof knife and careful pare away to where you can possibly see where it blew out.(or puncture, or whatever is going on)
If you find a place pare it out a little, soak in warm epsom salt water bath until the water cools, pack it with pine tar, pack the bottom with gauze, vet wrap it up but keep from getting too high/tight and cutting off the circulation at the fetlock. Check it, and repeat in a few days, sooner if he's in bad/muddy/manure conditions or if the wrap comes off. This was our standard method of treatment and it seems like it worked most of the time.

Thank you for sharing your procedure. I was planning on doing a more thorough evaluation tonight, but he was feeling so much better he took off! I've done the soaking/ bandaging routine before, but never used pine tar. So if I can find the rupture, I'll give that a try.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:22 pm
by Boot Jack Bulls
I had a nice long post wrote, and then realized you found it was an abscess. A gauze soaked in iodine and sugar makes an excellent poultice also. We keep a bucket of gauze soaked in it in the barn office at all times. Safe for goats, cattle, horses, ect.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:33 pm
by reeler
Boot Jack Bulls wrote:I had a nice long post wrote, and then realized you found it was an abscess. A gauze soaked in iodine and sugar makes an excellent poultice also. We keep a bucket of gauze soaked in it in the barn office at all times. Safe for goats, cattle, horses, ect.

I appreciate your response, & am always eager to learn. Didn't know about iodine & sugar! Thanks

Re: Foot question

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:11 pm
by Bigfoot
I guess everybody has their favorite drawing paste for an abcess, but I like icmathol and allum.

Re: Foot question

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:21 pm
by Boot Jack Bulls
Bigfoot wrote:I guess everybody has their favorite drawing paste for an abcess, but I like icmathol and allum.


Icthamol is a good one too! It can be hard to find up here. Its also too strong on the goats, so we keep the iodine/sugar on hand as well.