Vet, Farrier Tackle Tough Abscess Case

Retired barrel racing horse suffers severe bruising, abscesses after pulling shoes

Pictured Above: Using sterile gauze can help avoid hoof shavings and other debris from contaminating the abscess wound

RW’s job was done and his shoes were pulled.

After years of racing around barrels in cloverleaf patterns, it was time for the sorrel Quarter Horse with a white blaze to take it easy and enjoy the good life in Southwest Tennessee.

Taking it easy didn’t last long. Neither did the good life.

“He’s been in shoes all his life,” says Moscow, Tenn., farrier Daniel Bishop, who was brought in to work on the horse by Somerville, Tenn., equine veterinarian Jennifer Dunlap. “They were trying to take the shoes off in retirement, but he severely bruised both soles on his front feet. They thought he might have foundered, but radiographs showed no signs of laminitic changes.”

No Shoes, No Hoof

Dunlap greets Bishop after he pulls up to RW’s barn in Arlington, Tenn.

“When we started paring out the front,” she tells Bishop, “the minute I took a swipe across the sole where it has separated and undermined, brown pus started to run out of the whole foot.”

Farrier Takeaways

Utilizing sterile gauze helps avoid hoof shavings and other debris from contaminating wounds.

In a non-sterile setting when a horse is sedated, Daniel Bishop jump welds a bar into a keg shoe to speed up the process. In hospital settings, he takes the time to forge bar shoes.

Quenching a hot shoe in water will cool it too quickly and could result…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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