Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Voodoo Pony Doll

I went out to see my boy last night.  His front, left abscess that broke out the back of his coronary band healed nicely.  He spent 5 days on antibiotics and getting his foot soaked once a day for 20 minutes a day.  This was my first time soaking his foot and as is Gavin's nature, he didn't care.  I adore that attitude in him :)

Just chilling with mah hoof in a bucket
I went out last night ready to have a light ride - lots of walk, maybe a lap of trot if he felt okay.  Immediately I noticed he was walking with a stiff gait, and upon further inspection I noticed his hindleg was now completely stocked up.  UGHHHHH!  I felt around, but couldn't feel or see anything obvious.  Having nothing better to do, I thought standing him in the arena while I videotaped my friend was a good idea (video to post shortly).  I hand-walked him for a couple minutes and then looked at his back leg and *currently* attached hoof (who knows, at this point I'm wondering if they're all just going to fall off).  It was oozing puss out of little openings again on the back of his coronary band. 

I called my vet - thinking that it might be the virus that must not be named in Colorado (VS).  He laughed and said that it was likely another abscess and to do exactly what I did with the last one.

I feel bad for Gav, and I'm frustrated (aka having a pity party).  I don't know why my boy, who's never had this type of problem, is all of a sudden having issue after issue with his hooves.  :(  If anyone has experience with this type of thing, please chime in!  I'd love to hear any advice, or words of wisdom.

I'm starting to think that someone has a voodoo pony doll of Gavin and they keep sticking him in the foot.  And those people need to leave him alone *imagine Chris Crocker "LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!"*


  1. aww poor pony! glad he's a good patient... but still! hopefully he recovers soon

  2. Aw man, what rotten luck!
    Hope this one heals up super quick & that you guys have reached your quota

  3. Poor guy! Hopefully this is the last of your bad luck!

  4. Unfortunately, abcesses are consistent with a horse with laminitis. The appie I trim had horrible abcesses until her owner finally got her diet under control. She still has interesting hooves. Things should smooth out, good luck.

    1. Hi Nicole, I just read up on the link between abscesses and laminitis. I had no idea! Thanks for the info. I'm not sure what else I can do for his diet. He's on Orchard Grass Hay with no grain, and no addt'l supplements. While reading more indepth about laminitis - it goes in to how you can't necessarily "work off" the weight in these horses as they can't handle too much activity. He has lost some weight since switching feed, but not much...

  5. Poor baby! I hope he feels better soon <3

  6. I hope that he gets better soon again. Poor guy!