The Truth About Hoof Abscesses


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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7 Responses

  1. Vicki L Ciepiela says:

    Hello, I just wanted to share my experience with hoof abscesses. When I first got my mare, it seems she would get an abscess every 3 months!! No kidding!! Anyway I started reading up on it and started her on a biotin supplement along with flax and a multiple vitamin supplement. I know that sounds like overkill, but she hasn’t had an abscess since! So I think it’s worth it to me. 🙂 Thank you for all your posts I really like them.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Vicki–thanks for your comment! Sounds like there was a nutritional deficiency of some kind and you changed that. Good for you! Glad to hear it’s working for your horse.

  2. Jo Pickett says:

    I’m a barefoot trimmer of around 10 years professional experience & I completely agree with this article. Very well explained.

  3. Kathy Hetherington says:

    So what do you recommend for the horse that almost always ends up with an abscess within a week of having been trimmed? Throughout the span of my boarding career I have come across 2 horses that got frequent abscesses. Always after a trim. Both were geldings, neither had ever foundered, they were on either a pasture or grass hay diet supplemented with hoffmans mineral and salt. neither were hard keepers so no supplementing with oats or any processed feeds. Trims were always done on a regular schedule. (6-8 weeks)

  4. Robynne Catheron says:

    Great post, Casie! Very well explained! Did you know that if a horse has a strong immune system he’ll be more able to fend off hoof abcess? You’re absolutely right, it starts with the diet!

    My OTTB suffered from monthly abcesses year-round for a couple of years. One year he had nine abcesses in eight months; the last one was three separate abcesses in one foot! I was an expert at soaking and wrapping, and so was he. I could sit on a low stool while he patiently stood with his front leg folded across my lap so I could wrap it up with a diaper, vet wrap and duct tape.
    His last abcess was over eight years ago!
    We switched from commercial feed to one cup of whole oats and The Natural Vet’s “Feed for Success” plan. I swear it’s a miracle worker, and the proof is in the pudding. My QH suffered from rain rot, photosensitivity, and mud fever/scratches all year, and since we made the switch he hasn’t had one episode. No more over-the-counter meds or vet calls, and no more commercial feeds with questionable ingredients. Just a balanced diet with every vitamin and mineral they need, one cup of whole oats, 24/7 free-choice good hay in slow-feed, small-mesh hay nets, outside 24/7/365, no stalls, no sugar, no blankets (even here in upstate New York), no shoes and no bits.

    All of those things help build and maintain a strong immune system that will fight off almost anything nature throws at them.

    Thank you for allowing me to share my story.

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