Hello! I am going on my first Spring as a new horse owner. I recently discovered my mare had an abscess in her left hind near the medial toe (which I am still trying to figure out where that is!) and the farrier drained part of it. She recommend that I soak it in epsom salt and warm water, but that it should heal itself. My barn manager suggested that I put magnapaste (green gel with epsom in it) on the hoof and wrap it for a few days. I am also giving her 1gram of bute each day because she is barely walking she is so sore. She is even acting sore on the other hind foot too! I decided to wrap both and for the past 2 days, black tar-like substance is coming out of the sides of her frog. Does this sound right?
Also, I am trying to figure out what my plan of action is to keep treating this, but I get so many opinions...My question is....what do YOU do to treat an abscess? And how do you know it is healed? What are things I should definitely NOT do or watch out for? I am so new to this! I just want to make sure I'm doing it right.
Any help will be appreciated!!