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Hi. I have a seven year old Quarter Horse mare. She has had an abscess for a little over a week now. I think that the farrier drilled it, but I am not 100 percent sure. I am not quite sure what to do, because it has been a while. I have been soaking it in bleach, white vinegar, and water for the past four days, and no improvement. If you have any ideas or know of anything else that would help heal it faster and is not expensive, please let me know. Thank you very much.
ANSWER:When Willy had a hoof abscess, in addition to the usual antibiotic treatment, my vet recommended soaking the foot in a solution of about one cup of Epsom salts in a gallon or two of warm water. He said it would help "draw the poison out." As Willy got used to it, he seemed to really enjoy the comfort and would stand with his foot in the bucket for a half-hour or more without moving. You can buy large containers (usually 4 lbs.) of Epsom salts for just a few bucks at any drug store as well as many grocery stores and even farm stores.
A rubber boot or even duct tape covering the sole of the foot between treatments will help prevent dirt from entering the infected area between treatments.
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