‘The hole was so big’

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CHAR­LOTTE COX HAS owned Mally, her 10-year-old Ir­ish Sport Horse, since he was four. The pair en­joy un­af­fil­i­ated event­ing through the sum­mer and arena event­ing and showjump­ing in win­ter. Af­ter a long, wet win­ter, Mally de­vel­oped two very deep ab­scesses in May this year. “It all started when Mally was in­ter­mit­tently lame. I thought noth­ing of it un­til he sud­denly be­came very lame. “My ini­tial thought was an ab­scess be­cause of those symp­toms, but I called my vet out in case he needed an­tibi­otics or pain re­lief. My vet started scrap­ing away at Mally’s hoof af­ter us­ing the hoof testers and even­tu­ally dug out a mas­sive ab­scess hole. “I hot poul­ticed the hoof for a few days and then dry poul­ticed. Mally had to stay on box rest un­til there was no more dis­charge and he had his shoe put back on. “I was so pleased as I’d really missed rid­ing him. But the next morn­ing he didn’t feel right. “Un­for­tu­nately, he had an­other ab­scess in his other hind foot. So, it was back to more box rest and poul­tic­ing. My far­rier packed the hole with an­tibac­te­rial cotton wool as the hole was so big. “This year, I will be ex­tra vig­i­lant for any signs of an ab­scess. My vet thinks it was the pro­longed wet weather that caused them, so pre­vent­ing Mally from stand­ing in wet con­di­tions for long pe­ri­ods will be key.”

The ve t d ug o ut a painful ab­scess on b oth h ind f eet

Mally’s rid­den work was halted by two very deep ab­scesses CASE STUDY

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