Hoof Abscesses: Does Epsom Salt Really Help?

February 24, 2015

A veterinarian considers if Epsom salts and poultices really help draw out hoof abscesses.... Read More

External abscesses due to pigeon fever most commonly occur in the pectoral region and require surgical lancing to drain.


Pigeon Fever: Myths and Misconceptions

June 20, 2014

As pigeon fever spreads across the United States, so does information--and misinformation--about it. ... Read More


What Shape are my Horse's Feet In?

May 27, 2014

Even horses with less-than-ideal feet can lead sound and productive careers.... Read More

And even with preventive measures, snowballs can build up. Protect your horse from slipping and injury by removing snow and ice from his hooves as it builds up.


Don't Ignore Your Horse's Hooves this Winter and Spring

February 04, 2014

Don't neglect your horse's hoof care, or your horse could be at risk for some serious foot problems.... Read More


Hoof-Care Triage

August 01, 2013

Punctures, abscesses, and worse: What to do when your horse's hoof is hurting and whom to call for help.... Read More


Kentucky Derby Contender Examined by Hoof Specialist

July 12, 2013

Normandy Invasion has been troubled by an abscess that did not respond to normal treatment.... Read More


Handling Non-Weight Bearing Lameness in the Field (AAEP 2012)

February 08, 2013

Non-weight-bearing lameness is one of the most common emergencies practitioners manage in the field. ... Read More


Commentary: Racehorse Paynter Continues Road to Recovery

November 13, 2012

Steve Haskin provides an update on Paynter's recovery at Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center.... Read More


Managing Equine Foot Problems

May 01, 2012

The first step in managing an equine foot problem successfully is to attain an accurate diagnosis.... Read More


The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More


Coronary Band Injuries in Horses

September 01, 2010

Horses are likely to sustain coronary band and hoof wall injuries at one time or another. These injuries can carry long-term performance and soundness consequences.... Read More


TheHorse.com Presents Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Common Hoof Problems

August 14, 2010

Thrush, underrun heels, hoof cracks, and laminitis, oh my! Today's horses can face many common hoof problems, whether the animals are pasture pets or high-level competition horses. Join us on Monday, Aug. 16, for a live chat event on hoof problems.... Read More


Horse Foot Bruises

August 01, 2010

Learn how to treat and prevent common stone bruises in your horse's hooves.... Read More


Hoof Abscesses in Horses

July 01, 2010

This common problem can cause sudden, severe lameness, but can be resolved quickly with the proper treatment. ... Read More


Hoof Abscesses in Horses

September 01, 2009

The scenario is all too familiar for many horse owners ... yesterday your horse was sound, but today you find him crippled, with no apparent injury! What could have happened? Odds are this horse has a hoof abscess. Sooner or later, nearly all... Read More


Broodmare's Laminitis Battle Aided by Volunteer Vet

July 01, 2009

After more time at Shawhan, Halo Silver's left foot improved, but the right foot became even worse and she was in considerable pain. The options were clear for Blowe: euthanasia or removing the entire hoof wall in order to stop the pinching.... Read More


Hoof Abscesses Delay UK Debut for Hungarian Star Racehorse

May 21, 2009

Unbeaten Hungarian racehorse Overdose has been ruled out of running at Royal Ascot next month.

The 4-year-old colt, winner of 12 races and given superstar status back home, was set to run at the June 16-20 meet. But owner Zoltan Mikoczy sai... Read More


Hoof Abscess Keeps Hungarian Star Racehorse Out of English Debut

May 12, 2009

Hungarian-owned sprinting sensation Overdose, unbeaten in 12 starts, will miss his debut in England because of a foot infection.

The 4-year-old horse won't run in the Temple Stakes at Haydock Park on May 23, but may recover in time for two... Read More


Readers Respond: Pain in the Abscess

July 24, 2008

More than 1,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What challenges do you face when treating a hoof abscess?"... Read More


Big Brown Quarter Crack 'Not a Setback'

May 29, 2008

Anyone following Triple Crown races this year knows there's a lot of controversy about the soundness of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown's feet. But despite a third hoof problem in his short career--a quarter crack that showed up in his... Read More


Healing Hoof Abscesses

September 01, 2007

Hoof abscesses are a major cause of acute lameness, but early detection can mean a quick recovery
One day your horse is perfectly sound, the next he's acting as if he's got a nail in his... Read More


Good Foot Gone Bad

September 01, 2006

Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center, spoke about several common and sometimes debilitating hoof problems that can materialize with little or no warning, such as laminitis, white line disease, and hoof abscesses.... Read More


Hoof Abscess Goes South

February 01, 2005

My 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Sterling Story, suffered four months with what my vet and I thought was a hoof abscess. He was retired from the track as a 6-year-old, and I have ridden him in dressage and as a trail horse since. He is that... Read More


Misplaced Nail on Thoroughbred Mare: Case Study

April 14, 2003

A mare in excellent physical condition suddenly turns lame after a reset of commonly used shoes. ... Read More


Puncture Wounds in the Foot

October 09, 2001

Within this subject, it is also a good time to discuss simple foot abscesses, as they are a common--and often the best possible--outcome for a puncture wound to the foot. Generally before infection can take hold, the puncture must penetrate the dead ... Read More