Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hoof Abscesses in Horses - Full Article

By Christy M. West Jul 14, 2015

This common problem can cause sudden, severe lameness, but it often can be resolved quickly with the proper treatment approach.

Yesterday your horse was perfectly sound, but today he won't touch one foot to the ground. There's no apparent injury or sign of a problem in his leg or hoof other than the sudden, severe lameness. What could have happened?

One strong possibility for the cause of this scenario is a hoof abscess--a localized accumulation of pus within the horse's hoof. The good news is that abscesses can often be resolved quickly and easily with proper veterinary care and leave no lasting damage. Even better, they can usually be prevented by practicing good routine hoof care and management...

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