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So I went to the barn today and on the back of my horses "elbow" ...
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    Shoe Boil Treatment?

    So I went to the barn today and on the back of my horses "elbow" Is a soft squishy ball about the size of two golfballs, I asked my barn manager what is was since I had never seen something like it before and she told me right away it was a shoe boil. I have been looking online and there is some people saying it needs to be drained and some say to never drain them and let it take care of itself. I put one of the shoe boil donut rings on him but I was wondering if there was anything I can do to hurry up the healing process or anything at all? I also read DSMO was a possibility but figured I would ask if anyone had first hand experience with this situation! Thank you for any and all advice!!!

    My horse lives in a 18 x 18 foaling stall bedded deeply with shavings that are changed daily. So bedding is not an issue. What we think happened is we were at a clinic all weekend and worked hard and then had a 15hr haul coming back home and he was probably exhausted and laid down longer than he normally would causing the shoe boil.

    Thanks again for all the information!

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    I would put shoe boil boots on him to keep them from getting worse. My friend had a barrel horse that was prone to them, she just left them alone. They would fill up with fluid and eventually pop like an abscess. She finally let me pull his shoes and he's never had one since!
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    Definitely a barefoot fan here, but if this is the first time you've had one and you've had him for several years, I would probably just let it run its course so long as it's not open to become infected or causing him pain. That's my take on just about anything though, if it's not causing them pain or able to become infected, I let nature do it's thing.
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    I would leave it alone as well. He's got plenty of bedding so it should go away on it's own.

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    Thanks everyone...It hasnt gone away and actually got a bit bigger he has been wearing his shoe boil boot nonstop and his bedding is deep so not sure what else to do. Started applying DSMO hopefully it will help. Vet will be out wed for other things and will take a look at him but he refuses to drain because he feels that it just causes infection

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    I wouldn't be putting DMSO on it. DMSO is a carrier. It takes in whatever is mixed with it into the system. I would leave it alone. I've had horses on the track get shoe boils and never did the vet ever recommend DMSO be used on them. We only had trouble with that if the horse had trailers on.

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    You might have the Vet drain the shoe boil and inject the area with cortisone in addition to antibiotic. Leggo got one where he had an old scar from a bedsore from when he was a spectic foal. It returned twice after I paid to have it drained. That Vet only injected the shoe boil with antibiotics. Second Vet drained and injected with both cortisone and antibiotics. I did continue to use a shoe boil boot for another couple of months. It completely healed and has not reoccurred.

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    Actually the vet said to try DSMO....He is coming out tomorrow but he will not inject nor drain any shoe boils. He has been a vet for 20 years and feels that injecting or draining sterile fluid opens it up for infection and that 99% of the time they will return....I have no idea since I have never experienced this before but that is his take on the matter...and I have researched this a lot and there are many different sites that recommend DSMO, although whether it works or not is debatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleeashlock View Post
    Actually the vet said to try DSMO....He is coming out tomorrow but he will not inject nor drain any shoe boils. He has been a vet for 20 years and feels that injecting or draining sterile fluid opens it up for infection and that 99% of the time they will return....I have no idea since I have never experienced this before but that is his take on the matter...and I have researched this a lot and there are many different sites that recommend DSMO, although whether it works or not is debatable.
    Like I said DMSO is a carrier. It carries whatever you put in it inside the leg and since the 60's when I started using DMSO on horses we never put it on shoeboils and we always left them alone. The horse isn't going to be lame due to a shoeboil since it doesn't rub anything while the horse is in motion, so it's more an eyesore than anything else. Like a capped hock, it's fluid and just looks bad.

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    My (barefoot) gelding was prone to them at one point. I never treated, just put a rubber bell boot on the hoof giving us the problem. It resolved itself without any additional treatment.
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