As expected, a chunk of Aero's hoof wall sheared off, just the day before Anja the AEP practitioner was due to call.
|The missing chunk. You can also see where the abscess broke through at the coronet|
|You can see the crack continues up the hoof wall|
When Anja called the next day, she tidied up the break, cleaned the opening and stuffed it with Hoof Stuff, which is made from honey, Zinc Oxide and cotton wool. It adheres to the cavity, aids healing, allows drainage and acts as a barrier while the hole is growing out. Hope it works!
|Crevice cleaned and stuffed, the screws are to hold the resin bandage in place|
|All wrapped up|
I've also been reading up about abscesses on various forums. The current thinking really seems to be "let it drain by itself" and to use Epsom Salts or Cider Vinegar (a new one on me) in a solution to soak the foot. Having already spent a week soaking his foot in Epsom Salts, I think I will try the Cider Vinegar this time.
Any other suggestions will be gratefully received. It is so hard to see him in pain all the time, he's a sweet boy and he doesn't deserve this.