The wonderful Founder Warrior took it upon herself to make the 5 hour commute (rt) again today to tend to Tess.
Mama Tess has continued to abscess on her left front and we wanted to open up that toe area so it could all drain faster.
The odd thing that I must say here is that previously when Tess abscessed, she was totally lame and very painful… but, since she has been using the Theraplate, her abscess incidents seem to be less painful. I don’t know why. But, she walks around with her abscesses now whereas before, she was not willing to move. I don’t know if the centrifugal draws the abscesses out sooner? I really have no idea how it may be helping but I know for sure that she is less painful during the abscess process since she has been on the Theraplate. (No affiliation)
XRAYS FIRST, THEN TRIM…
We took Xrays of both fronts before trimming.
All looked good – lots of sole to work with – so we trimmed as much as we could of the excess sole. WE FOUND THE FROGS on both hooves! Wahoo!
(We have not been able to trim her much, so the sole that would normally slough off during normal wear and tear, doesn’t. So, the sole essentially overgrows and disguises the frog. It becomes almost a hard, glossy surface. So odd. The sole no longer looks like a sole. It looks like a shiny, horn colored surface.)
We also opened up some pockets so the abscesses could drain more quickly.
THE GOOD NEWS
The good news was that she didn’t seem to mind having her feet trimmed. She was a good girl and offered her feet (switching between the two often).
Her Xrays showed continued sole growth.
The right Xray was particularly nice in that the lamina looked almost normal.
The left Xray had nice sole growth but didn’t have as nice of adhesion in the new growth as we’d like. The lamina was still pulled away from the new hoof wall. But, she didn’t seem particularly ouchy so we were OK with that for now.
THE UNCERTAIN NEWS
The uncertain news was the front view Xray of the left. That view has never been taken before so we have nothing to compare.
But, there is irregularity on one side. We don’t know if this is older show mare wear and tear, or if there is an infection in her bone. We then Xrayed the right foot and it looked irregular in a different way, yet we know it has no infection. So, we have no idea.
If there was an infection, I would have to give up. From what I’ve been told, only surgery can fix that. And she isn’t a good candidate for surgery because her other foot is compromised and she wouldn’t have enough support to stand on after the surgery.
But, we cross that bridge if we have to. For now, I choose to believe that since she is not really ouchy on the left, what we are seeing on the Xray is wear from a horse who pronates in that direction and was worked really, really hard when she showed.
MT will wear a poultice wrap on her left for the next several days to draw out the abscesses. As you can see, we put a slipper on over it. Easy.
Next week, the Founder Warrior is going to bring sterile maggots to the rescue. They will happily eat away her necrotic tissue and hopefully prevent infection from going anywhere.
This should be interesting, eh?
I get to change that bandage daily.
But, I don’t care. If they are helping my girl, so be it.
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