HOOF CARE A rash of ab­scesses

EQUUS - - Consultant­s -

Q:I have a 13-year-old Cly­des­dale geld­ing who, up un­til last year, had never had any health is­sues. Now, how­ever, he seems to have de­vel­oped a sus­cep­ti­bil­ity for hoof ab­scesses. At one point he had one in three dif­fer­ent hooves, one of which took the bet­ter part of seven months to clear up. Then he de­vel­oped an­other one, which seemed to be do­ing OK, but a month later, the same one is back and it seems bad.

Why is this a prob­lem all of a sud­den? Noth­ing in his life has changed, from work­load to feed. I have tried ev­ery­thing from An­i­ma­l­in­tex pads to pack­ing his feet with raw pota­toes! I hope you can give me some in­sights on this is­sue. Char­lie Van Dien Saint James, Mis­souri

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