Archive for August, 2011

Dealing with hoof abscess

When your horse is developing an abscess, your daily care will play a big factor in the prompt recovery of your animal, regardless of his age or breed. You can make a big difference by first keeping him relax with a regular application of the relaxation massage routine. This will assist his natural healing process by helping him to switch to a parasympathetic mode.

When caught early, an abscess is easily treated. In such case, there’s a good chance your horse will recover completely within 2 to 3 days. However, if the abscess is not detected early and left unattended, the infection usually follows the route of least resistance, from the point of entry traveling-up the hoof wall and out the coronary band. In the process, the abscess destroys sensitive structures and generates more pus within the foot.

All that is causing your horse a lot of discomfort, not to mention pain! Again, regular application of the relaxation massage routine, several times a day, up to 5, will ensure maximal relaxation of his nervous system, assisting his immune system in fighting this bacterial infection.

That is why you need to be aware and alert to your horse behavior. Remember, early detection will minimize the amount of physical damage and of pain endured by your horse.

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