Re: Frequent abscessing and new coughing issue...
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Thank you for your replies. I will get some pix today and attempt to add them to a new album. He was just trimmed yesterday and my farrier brought a second (barefoot) trimmer with him for a second opinion. She suggested continuing with the weekly rasping tweaks and something about slippering his heels a little more to my farrier. Our EasyBoot Trails size 1 no longer seem to fit his foot and they thought maybe some epics would work better for when he gets ouchy. I normally do not ride with boots because we have a soft grass arena, but I have used them during abscess episodes and whenever he seems tender.
I try to avoid any NSAIDS when he is abscessing and only have resorted to them when he is in great distress. The last abscess (left front) had him laying down for 2 days and I gave him 1g bute per day for 2 days just to get him moving around a little, then I stopped it. I do animalintex poultices along with ichthammol wraps, sometimes an epsom salt soak. Every time the vet or farrier has gone hunting for an active abscess, they have never found it - so I have concluded it may be best not to "look". He virtually never reacts to hoof testers even when quite lame, which makes things more difficult as well.
The hay is thankfully NOT stored overhead. To be honest, I am not sure I can deal with yet another health issue with this horse. He has a wonderful temperament and I have put almost 5 years of work into him, but I am getting pretty stressed about the situation. My budget is tight, which does not help.
I'll get the new pix this afternoon. Thanks for your help!
Kelly and Buddy
On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 10:19 AM, Lavinia Fiscaletti <shilohmom@...> wrote: