Okay, six full days with an abscess and he is walking much better! Sometimes you can't even tell he's limping unless you're really looking for it. Other times it's a little more pronounced, like on rocks or hills, etc. He even trotted to his feed bucket because he thought Faran was going to get there first lol. Our best guess is that the abscess is reabsorbing or that he blew it, but it was such a tiny hole that we didn't see it drain.... When we changed the poultice the last few days it has smelled really bad, but I don't know if that's drainage, Ichthamol or thrush? I don't think it's thrush because we're soaking it in salt water, but when keeping the hoof so soft and moist (to encourage the abscess to blow) it's possible right? It does smell like Ichthamol, but different/stronger than when we first started poulticing. So not sure if it's blown or not. We were thinking about putting a clean diaper on his hoof tomorrow and taking him for a walk to see if any drainage shows up. Don't know why, except I just really want to know if it has blown or is reabsorbing LOL!
(see how long his toe is?)
So anyway, I'm going to keep soaking and poulticing until he's not limping at all. Then he HAS to be trimmed!! He was right at the end of his trim cycle when the abscess cropped up so he's a week or more overdue. Sigh. His toes are too long. So that's where we are for now. Once again he has had no swelling or pain meds at all today and when he was grazing he was doing so more normally bearing weight on both hooves. I'm just glad he's getting better. :D So what are the best ways to prevent another abscess?? I don't ever want him to have to go through this again!
"Are we done yet?? This is getting old!"
He's so shiny!!
He's so shiny!!
Also, I was looking at this picture I took (below) and was really shocked to see how sunken his back was. I even drew lines on it to show you. Then I realized my husband is scratching Chrome's belly in this picture so that's probably why he's standing like that. Scratching his belly and neck is one of the ways we keep him happy while he stands for so long to soak his hoof.
I have noticed his back looks low before though. The picture below was taken a month ago.
He was moving his right front forward to line up with the other. That's why he looks weird. Also I was trying to mount bareback so that's why his head is up and he looks tense. His rear hooves are also further under his body than in the picture above (in the one above he has his rear hooves spread apart because he was rocking to get the scratches where he wanted them). So does he look swaybacked to you? Is it just from lack of exercise and because he likes to carry his head in the clouds? Or is that a totally normal amount for a young horse's back to dip behind the withers?
Anyway sorry for rambling on. Any advice about preventing abscesses is very, very welcome and of course comments, suggestions, advice on the rest of it is appreciated too. Thanks for being so patient guys! I know reading a daily abscess report is probably boring, but I want clear records in case this happens again. :)