My 9 year old appaloosa gelding has just recovered from an abcess in his front left hoof (found 9 days ago). I treated the abcess (per the advice of my equine vet) with daily soaking, a gel to kill infection (provided by the vet) and wrapping to protect the hoof. He was kept inside most of the day/night and spent a few hours a day in a clean, flat area outside the barn. He is walking soundly and we were able to put his shoe back on today. when I removed the wrapping I noticed he had warmth around the entire coronet band. I checked it again 3 hours later and no change. What could this be?Again, he is not lame and is eating etc. fine. He actually seems a little energetic after having been kept in for so long. My vet is not available over the weekend and I need advice about what I should do - if anything.Thank you.
Pet's Sex: Male
Pet's Age: 9
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it could literally be a product of having the wrap on and retained heat (particularly if it was a warm day). If there were remaining infection, he likely would not be sound. Watch the leg carefully, check for a bounding pulse and any resulting lethargy that may arise. This may be additional infected areas re-abscessing. Try to keep him quiet until he has adjusted to being out again, check for the bounding pulse, keep an eye on his overall temperature as this may be an early sign of compensatory issues. The good news is that by the time your vet is available to follow up, he shpuld have resolved or a continuing problem will be more obvious.
Best of luck with your horse, SusieL, MS
30+ years of horse ownership, 15+ years of equine massage therapy, saddle fit, equine biomechanist