Pain in the Abscess

What challenges do you face when treating a hoof abscess?
(Select the 2 most annoying)

No convenient way to treat
Repeated soaking required
Making a duct tape "boot" and keeping it on
Amount of time it takes to wrap each time
Not having everything I need in one place
Dealing with a messy poultice
Other (share your comments below)

Total votes cast: 1963

Comments & Write-in Answers

All of the above, mostly the soaking and trying to keep wraps on..

7/21/2008 11:47:27 PM

Pack the hoof with Sole Pack Packing and put an equine slipper,check dly, 3 wks healed

7/21/2008 4:25:47 PM

I use a Sabre Sneaker instead of wrapping the hoof

7/21/2008 4:13:31 PM

Not KNOWING when and where the abcess will surface!

7/21/2008 8:57:52 AM

Having an abcess last for over 2 years!

7/21/2008 3:39:51 AM

Getting it to drain and keeping clean, duct tape did not work, came out cornary band.

7/21/2008 12:26:56 AM

Many horses hate standing for treatment! Have your shoer put a treatment plate on- it's a lifesaver!

7/20/2008 9:56:09 PM

as a farrier finding the abscess to relieve the pressure plus getting owner to consistantly treat it

7/20/2008 7:37:35 PM

holding foot while polticing and wrapping

7/20/2008 7:18:22 PM

Being strong enough to hold up hoof and cut out affected part on minor abscess

7/20/2008 6:48:47 PM

hoof splashing out of soak bucket

7/20/2008 3:47:08 PM

I just leave them alone if on the outside of the hoof. Never had one appear on the sole.

7/20/2008 9:38:49 AM

Recurrances would be my biggest treatment headache. Thank God, I've had very few

7/20/2008 12:22:43 AM

keeping a boot on over medication with a horse in open corral or meadow

7/19/2008 9:54:34 PM

Mud is our biggest problem in keeping the poultice clean and dry!!

7/19/2008 2:13:51 PM

Cold, cold, cold

7/19/2008 11:21:29 AM

Keeping the hoof dry when it rains..pasture time=mud.

7/19/2008 11:19:17 AM

Often won't respond to antibiotics

7/19/2008 3:19:40 AM

It may ba a pain, with soaking, and wraping, but you have to do it...

7/18/2008 8:55:24 PM

Use a diaper on the hoof then put your duct tape boot on. Stays on longer

7/18/2008 7:35:06 PM

My horse loses patience with the treatment!

7/18/2008 7:03:23 PM

not knowing where the abscess is and not knowing how long to heal

7/18/2008 6:13:47 PM

having to stall outside horses for treatment & discovering abscess as cause of lameness

7/18/2008 6:12:48 PM

Treat early makes shorter down time vet poked hole DMso'd cotton and wraped in duct boot took 2 wks

7/18/2008 5:17:35 PM

Hoof abscesses are pretty easy to treat. I can't think of anything really challenging about them.

7/18/2008 3:46:06 PM

When a horse is in so much pain, the horse can't bear to even lift it's leg to be soaked.

7/18/2008 2:31:32 PM

I have one horse who gets abscesses every spring - so down time on being able to do anything

7/18/2008 10:10:33 AM

The 30 min soakings take forever when the horse won't keep his foot in the bucket.

7/18/2008 10:02:26 AM

Really this is one thing you can treat yourself, try an easy boot over the tape or wrap.It will help

7/18/2008 9:48:12 AM

Wrap with diaper and duct tape the whole hoof...usually does the trick but is a PAIN!

7/18/2008 7:58:09 AM

You didn't have an "all of the above" option. All are reasons that make abcesses tough to treat.

7/18/2008 7:51:27 AM

Need to raise q of cause/support with natural products = great healing

7/18/2008 6:34:48 AM

i have 4 words cornell u's farriers department...unbelievable...the best

7/17/2008 11:30:24 PM

they always manage to appear just before a planned event when the weather's finally nice for riding!

7/17/2008 11:04:52 PM

We have the duct tape boot down to a science. Tube sock with the toe cut out works miracles

7/17/2008 10:33:59 PM

when the horse gets her foot dirty

7/17/2008 10:04:19 PM

Never had a foot abscess

7/17/2008 9:47:53 PM

all of the above

7/17/2008 9:45:47 PM

The poultice isn't working, abcess still not open after 6 days.

7/17/2008 9:00:12 PM

The initial step: diagnosis, and figuring out what caused it.

7/17/2008 8:25:36 PM

In 37 years of owning and showing I have been fortunate in never having a hoof abcess.

7/17/2008 6:03:34 PM

use the Easy Boot-works great and then the horse can still get out and walk

7/17/2008 5:36:01 PM

adequate pain management is ESSENTIAL and bute/banamine not good longterm--NEED equine pain relief!

7/17/2008 5:34:09 PM

The worst part is having to keep the horse in. No problem with wraps or a boot.

7/17/2008 4:48:01 PM

used a davis boot w/good results but so hard to get off

7/17/2008 4:43:58 PM

in my case, not being able to give the horse bute, so trying to find an appropriate pain reliever

7/17/2008 4:40:51 PM

I have found making a soaking boot from inner tube& tape works well

7/17/2008 4:25:41 PM

soaking hwne the weather in -60F w/ wind chill!!

7/17/2008 4:14:43 PM

horse hates having foot in water -won't hold still

7/17/2008 4:02:59 PM

none of those: I find I can make a duct tape boot cheaply, quickly and easy to put on

7/17/2008 3:42:35 PM

I use Kaeco Epsom Salt Poultice with a wrap

7/17/2008 3:35:32 PM

Hoof Eeze is a new and wonderful boot, easy to put on, inexpensive and it stays on.

7/17/2008 2:59:25 PM

My already injured horse got an abscess. Soaking was ok but taping was an issue- to hold up foot.

7/17/2008 2:20:58 PM

all of these happen with abscess

7/17/2008 2:04:02 PM

insufficient facilities

7/17/2008 1:47:48 PM

My horse does not like anything unusual being done to her feet - she will kick the soaking basin.

7/17/2008 1:18:32 PM

Convincing the horse that boot is not going to eat his leg!

7/17/2008 1:10:32 PM

the fact that my horses re at constant risk due to traveling on gravelly surfaces!

7/17/2008 12:19:24 PM

working full time and finding time to do multiple soakings

7/17/2008 12:18:14 PM

The time I don't mind if I can keep the boot on...that is the trick!

7/17/2008 11:19:28 AM

never had one - take care of the hooves

7/17/2008 9:03:36 AM

MY QH just had an abcess. Extemely painful for him, he is good about soakig but what a pain. I use o

7/17/2008 8:37:20 AM

I soak w/vinegar & water solution -horse objects to boot & liquid

7/17/2008 8:35:31 AM

Sub-zero weather in conjunction w/soaking required!

7/17/2008 1:44:33 AM

I really do not think it is that difficult. Most annoying is the stress on the horse.

7/16/2008 11:17:24 PM

No problem, did many on TB track, bran/flaxseed poultice with ace bandage

7/16/2008 9:09:53 PM

I've had horses most of my life and never had to deal with an abscess.

7/16/2008 9:09:47 PM

Loss of use of your horse

7/16/2008 8:51:40 PM

never had to deal with it

7/16/2008 8:42:36 PM

treating leg swelling

7/16/2008 8:14:17 PM

Carving out the time..but we always do

7/16/2008 8:12:38 PM

I miss the dry powder poultices

7/16/2008 7:34:16 PM

unable to identify an obvious area to assist w/draining. Waiting for abscess to "blow" is painful!

7/16/2008 6:52:48 PM

No tmatter what, it seems to move around and eventually erupts at the coronary band

7/16/2008 6:11:04 PM

Getting the horse to hold still

7/16/2008 6:05:08 PM

uncooperative horse!

7/16/2008 4:37:47 PM

difficulty in helping pain control

7/16/2008 4:19:21 PM

moving a horse around who will only use 3 legs

7/16/2008 4:15:07 PM

haven't ever had a hoof absess in my 20+ years of horse ownership...

7/16/2008 3:31:43 PM

the pain the horse feels, that Bute does not touch

7/16/2008 3:29:19 PM

Having a kit which eliminates the need to soak is great!

7/16/2008 3:21:36 PM

Confining the horse to a dry environment in rainy season..

7/16/2008 3:07:59 PM

I'm always concerned about keeping it really clean

7/16/2008 3:06:59 PM

actually, all of the above. I've found the easiest, speediest recoveries with White Lightning

7/16/2008 2:45:09 PM

I don't mind all the work, just hate the pain of the abscess for my horse

7/16/2008 2:27:26 PM

Soaking is effective but very boring/time consuming

7/16/2008 2:20:46 PM

opento drain, plug hole w/ oakum or cotton soaked in iodine or nolvassan

7/16/2008 1:40:45 PM

Trying to convince young horses to stand, not kick nor paw, not bite while I soak,wrap,etc.

7/16/2008 1:25:21 PM

having to keep the horse stalled up!!

7/16/2008 12:18:27 PM

Just soak 2-3 times a day and make sure it is cleaned out, no wrapping, they heal great

7/16/2008 12:05:07 PM

My mare has tough feet & abscesses don't open. She suffers until it exits at the coronary b

7/16/2008 12:00:37 PM

Never being able to locate the medicine boot in the barn in the correcty size.

7/16/2008 11:52:12 AM

I use a product called Clean Trax,solves the problem with one soak usually.

7/16/2008 11:32:03 AM

Fortunately my horses don't get abcesses very often.

7/16/2008 11:31:22 AM

I have never dealt with one.

7/16/2008 11:09:29 AM

Trying to keep the hoof dry and clean in muddy, wet conditions.

7/16/2008 10:18:57 AM

Horse being out of riding service; having to keep the horse stalled/foot dry; time to treat

7/16/2008 9:40:42 AM

medicine boot made the heel balls too soft

7/16/2008 9:19:50 AM

luckily I have not had to deal with this

7/16/2008 8:40:41 AM

30 years only 2 abscesses no problems

7/16/2008 8:08:58 AM

too much duct tape or "special boots can cause the hoof to sweat. Yet need something strong .

7/16/2008 8:01:05 AM

Getting my horse to stand with his foot in the epsom salts and warm water for 20 minutes at a time.

7/16/2008 7:47:52 AM

hard part, keeping the hoof in the bucket!

7/16/2008 7:30:27 AM


7/16/2008 7:25:08 AM

Future memory of the pain, turns phobia.

7/16/2008 6:42:17 AM

frustration with horse off work

7/16/2008 3:46:26 AM

just soaked in saltwater and chlorine, no real problem

7/16/2008 2:36:04 AM

no dry place to put horse in winter

7/16/2008 2:13:05 AM

Abcess in left front and right back at same time. Coronet band exit - difficult to treat

7/16/2008 1:11:43 AM

Easy Boot medicator made it more easy to hold on the bandages. Long time to heal was the worse.

7/16/2008 12:41:20 AM

Inconvenience of having to pick out the feet 2 or more times a day to help keep them dry & clean.

7/16/2008 12:41:09 AM

I have a type 2 dibetic hrse. I found using iodine and duct tape boot worked great.

7/16/2008 12:32:33 AM

Had one go chronic and regiure sugery.

7/16/2008 12:11:30 AM

Keeping the horse in a stall 24/7.

7/15/2008 11:58:20 PM

Horse refuses to stand in water, so he makes a mess. We don't bother and he hasn't had one for 5 yr

7/15/2008 11:31:52 PM

Use the easyboot soaker and white lightning; nothing is easier or more effective in a short time!

7/15/2008 10:59:49 PM

Being able to be turned out keeping the duct tape on

7/15/2008 10:34:20 PM

baby diapers, a paper plate and icthamol wrapped with duct tape holds up pretty good, great cushion

7/15/2008 10:15:10 PM

Getting horse to accept soaking

7/15/2008 10:07:12 PM

Wud also b worried abt how to keep boot or wrappings on

7/15/2008 10:00:04 PM

due to my horses allergies, he would get MULTIPLE abscesses. sometimes multiple feet or only in one

7/15/2008 9:38:23 PM

hate for anything to open up the sole rather it came out the coronary band

7/15/2008 9:26:35 PM

Keeping my horse happy while stalled.

7/15/2008 9:24:56 PM

All of the above multiplied by size, draft horses.

7/15/2008 9:24:14 PM

What is standard of care today?

7/15/2008 9:22:14 PM

giving antibiotic shots as needed

7/15/2008 9:21:53 PM

I have found that they heal fine weather I do anything to them or not...so I don't do anything

7/15/2008 8:58:38 PM

I just have my ferrier come out and find where the abcsess is and pop it. Then he burns it.

7/15/2008 8:56:53 PM

Not being able to relieve my horse's pain is the worst aspect.

7/15/2008 8:38:30 PM


7/15/2008 8:35:12 PM

effective pain relief

7/15/2008 8:30:26 PM

Waiting for it to pass and heal!

7/15/2008 8:29:43 PM

Carpal tunnel and back problems- extreme pain

7/15/2008 8:20:58 PM

comfusion when & if use penicillin

7/15/2008 7:55:55 PM

the amount of time and money that goes into it. The pain my horse is in.

7/15/2008 7:43:41 PM

Have had very few to deal with and no big problems

7/15/2008 7:38:50 PM

Takes too long to get it to collect and blow out. This year has been especially bad.

7/15/2008 7:34:32 PM

Horses usually not thrilled about hoof problems.We look for debris in pasture and discard it.

7/15/2008 7:34:16 PM

haven't had an abscess since I pulled all my horses' shoes!

7/15/2008 7:33:21 PM

I hav enever had a horse with a hoof abscess - Knock on Wood!

7/15/2008 7:18:53 PM

The best discovery was the Cavallo Simple Boot replace constant wrapping.

7/15/2008 7:17:12 PM

waiting for it to appear at coronary band

7/15/2008 7:17:09 PM

HOw to tellwhen the abscesss has drained completely

7/15/2008 7:03:29 PM

I used to work at racetrack, so perfected the poultice, still messy though

7/15/2008 6:59:41 PM

none of the above...we let mother nature take its course...

7/15/2008 6:33:38 PM

I have used magnetic pads with success.

7/15/2008 6:32:08 PM

Usually use an Easyboot, but it's difficult to keep clean

7/15/2008 6:29:13 PM

waiting for the healing process, c. band appearance is messy, pain is sad.

7/15/2008 6:28:11 PM

The horse most likely to get an abcess in my barn has a fused knee joint and old hip injuries.

7/15/2008 6:27:45 PM

it's a slow process and the worst thing is seeing him in pain

7/15/2008 6:26:17 PM

Glad we have a great ferrier. New vet right out of school didn't know diddle! Horse is OK now.

7/15/2008 6:18:09 PM

My challenge is all the conflicting advice. Dig it out or let nature work? Everybody's an expert.

7/15/2008 6:16:46 PM

compared to some injurys I consider an abcess pretty easy to treat

7/15/2008 5:55:24 PM

The menthol epsom salt gel works much faster than ichthammol.

7/15/2008 5:53:26 PM

I've been very lucky and have not had any

7/15/2008 5:47:58 PM

If the horse can be mobile, boots twist and turn, especially on the hind foot.

7/15/2008 5:37:48 PM

very sandy here, in 5 minutes the boot is gross!!

7/15/2008 5:37:11 PM

Getting the abscess open from the bottom for drainage.

7/15/2008 5:25:50 PM

Lots of abscesses in CT, where the state veggie is a rock. Epsom salts and ichthamol!

7/15/2008 5:11:33 PM

Getting old bandage off; risk of being kicked when cleaning out

7/15/2008 5:11:27 PM

Keeping the horses foot in the soak long enough before he kicks it over.

7/15/2008 5:07:14 PM

horses always put wet foot down in dirt right after the soaking!!!

7/15/2008 5:06:50 PM

the length of time it takes to treat

7/15/2008 5:05:59 PM

The use od pads really cuts down on abscesses.

7/15/2008 5:05:53 PM

hanging on to vetwrap, layers of poultice materials and a sore horse all in one go is a tall order

7/15/2008 4:59:36 PM

facing it for the first time is a problem...

7/15/2008 4:50:41 PM

have a Vet treat it, remove the shoes & clean out the nail holes, apply anti-bacterial solution & te

7/15/2008 4:46:48 PM

trying to keep a high strung horse inside out of mud till healed

7/15/2008 4:44:45 PM

no challenge - just leave it alone. don't interfere & nature will do it's job. i hand walk often.

7/15/2008 4:38:01 PM


7/15/2008 4:37:49 PM

I am sucessful combating absess, with antibiotic rather than let burst.

7/15/2008 4:36:04 PM

Recurring abcess in LH lat sulcus - wraps and old mac boot for months

7/15/2008 4:35:21 PM

Got poultice on my nose once, it swelled up and burned...I looked like Pinnochio.....

7/15/2008 4:25:10 PM

My concern for my horse. I discover by putting hoof oil then duct tape I can draw it faster.

7/15/2008 4:24:16 PM

Awkward to medicate/bandage a hoof/foot

7/15/2008 4:23:48 PM

pain management

7/15/2008 4:23:27 PM

not having a definite diagnosis

7/15/2008 4:22:35 PM

I am very fortunate and have never had an abscess.

7/15/2008 4:14:43 PM

I use a Davis Soaking boot and it works wonderfully-when I have to use one!!!!

7/15/2008 4:14:38 PM

biggest challenge is keeping it free of debris, once it's cleaned out

7/15/2008 4:14:32 PM

I used the hoofix abscess kit and it was easy and really worked .

7/15/2008 4:10:01 PM

Knowing when the abscess was truly gone.

7/15/2008 4:03:44 PM

Getting the antibiotics from my vet

7/15/2008 3:49:27 PM

Barefoot trimming has eliminated the problem!

7/15/2008 3:41:40 PM

Getting the horse to hold still is my biggest challenge.

7/15/2008 3:40:07 PM

Preventing them in the first place!

7/15/2008 3:38:14 PM

length of time to heal

7/15/2008 3:37:30 PM

trying to get the Abscess to pop.

7/15/2008 3:31:23 PM

conflicting advice from Ferrier and Vet. I know the basics, just wish the two of them could get it.

7/15/2008 3:27:06 PM

Knowing my horse is in pain, but not being to help him quickly.

7/15/2008 3:26:52 PM

waiting for it to pop out

7/15/2008 3:26:25 PM

A very bad abscess can be more serious than you think.

7/15/2008 3:18:34 PM

My burro gets frequent abscesses and doesn't like to have his feet handled!

7/15/2008 3:16:38 PM

All the "wasted" bandaging I go through

7/15/2008 3:16:35 PM

My vet specifically recommends AGAINST soaking the foot, to avoid washing bacteria into the wound.

7/15/2008 3:15:11 PM

my horse pulling off the boot when it feels better

7/15/2008 3:07:32 PM

My farrier used a hospital plate bolted to the shoe. Very easy to manage.

7/15/2008 3:06:19 PM

Convincing a horse to stand for the soak is challenging. Duct tape boot...no problem!

7/15/2008 3:05:16 PM

my horse dealt with the soaking and stall time really well I was pleasently surprised

7/15/2008 3:04:09 PM

Not knowing whether it is an abscess or not!

7/15/2008 3:02:11 PM

Horses are barefoot & ahve never had an abscess.

7/15/2008 2:58:41 PM

Finding a qualified person to locate abscess and open without causing a huge wound in the foot.

7/15/2008 2:57:45 PM

having someone to hold the horse while you wrap the foot.

7/15/2008 2:50:28 PM

Never found it a challenge

7/15/2008 2:49:52 PM

I wish I had bought stock in duct tape & baby diapers, I have used so many for treating abscesses!

7/15/2008 2:45:34 PM

Needing to repeat on a daily basis is the biggest difficulty

7/15/2008 2:43:42 PM

The feather on Clydes makes a tough job absolutely impossible--tape won't hold, poultice colors hair

7/15/2008 2:42:23 PM

My horse doesn't like to stand in a bucket of water with epsom salts, so I have to use a puddle!

7/15/2008 2:42:08 PM

Nothing about treatment is easy & not being able to relieve pain quickly.

7/15/2008 2:39:15 PM

An Abcess is my worst nightmare and my mare is very prone to them!! :o(

7/15/2008 2:35:20 PM

Loss of ability to ride or work the horse

7/15/2008 2:33:45 PM

We had a horse with recurring abscesses which stopped when we put shoes on her.

7/15/2008 2:32:26 PM

Preventing and predicting an abscess is the most challenging of the issue.

7/15/2008 2:24:07 PM

keeping the hoof dry in the winter, summer is no problem, just inconvenient

7/15/2008 1:31:23 PM

bad farriers

7/15/2008 1:05:28 PM

As a therapeutic center with 10 horses some products 2 costly

7/15/2008 12:42:37 PM

keeping the 'boot' providing a barrier for dirt to get into the area

7/15/2008 12:37:15 PM

The barn manager refusing to leave him inside, so he goes outside and rips the boot off.

7/15/2008 12:31:08 PM

Expensive, I use Gauze sponges,vetrap,duct tape

7/15/2008 12:28:10 PM

annoying is trying to explain to the owners how much work ,time and patience is involved in clearing

7/15/2008 10:33:49 AM

Seeing the pain in my horses movements and eyes.

7/15/2008 10:22:28 AM

Keeping him still while soaking!

7/15/2008 9:42:56 AM

Shouldn't continually soak, makes the hoof weaker

7/15/2008 8:37:26 AM

We could not get a vet out to our barn to help the farrier find the abscess. Too far out.

7/15/2008 8:22:05 AM