How do I tell if my horse has a hoof abscess?
How do I treat a hoof abscess?
After the abscess has broken you want to keep the wound open to continue draining. If the wound closes over at the surface, but infection is still present inside, these are the perfect conditions for an abscess to re-occur.
Keep your horse in a clean, dry stall. If you only have turn out, make sure it is clean, dry and not too large. The horse should feel immediate relief by having the abscess drained and the draining process should last 3-4 days.
At this stage, the most important thing is to keep the open area clean and dry. In the old days people used duct tape and diapers but Hoof Wraps Brand® has come up with ingenious Hoof Wrap Bandage that is simple to use and will keep your horse's hoof clean and dry hoof up to 2 weeks. The Hoof Wraps Bandage makes the daily care and cleaning of the drainage opening far easier and less time consuming. Check your bandage and dressing every 25 hours or if you notice it getting loose. While your horse will experience relief within 24 hours, it will take several weeks for the hoof to heal properly.
Tips to Avoid Hoof Abscess
Keep your stalls and turnouts clean
Schedule regular farrier visits
Clean muck, mud, sand and debris from hoofs daily
Avoid rocky terrain
Apply disinfectant like SteriHoof if you suspect an infection is brewing