Hoping for some insight and a little handholding. Mare cannot go 6 weeks between shoeing in the summer but intersection of a rural area, limited good farriers, and good farriers having busy schedules means I’ve been pushed to 6 weeks.
Yesterday front right was audibly loose. I should have taped it but I didn’t and am still kicking myself. A SOS went out to the farrier. I checked her this morning. Shoe was loose but seemingly stable. Four hours later she had twisted it and stepped on the clip.
25+ years of being in horses and I’ve never had an abscess much less a stepped clip. It went pretty solidly into her true sole over white line. Farrier pulled shoe, flooded the hole with durasole, and said he predicted 48-72 hours timeline for abscess.
I’m scouring COTH, which means I feel empowered and terrified. She’s out 24/7. What’s the current consensus? Bute? epsom salt pack, baby diaper, boot? Flush the crack with diluted bedadine or hibiclens? Leave open? Keep covered? Do a hoof dance? Animalintex Hoof Poultice Pad plus boot?
She’s the goodest of girls and has been doing beautifully under saddle so I feel awful that I didn’t take the simple step of taping the shoe, which likely would have saved her from this.