Horse Hoof Abscesses



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At a GlanceA hoof abscess is a localized infection of a horse’s foot, usually behind the hoof wall or sole. While hoof abscesses can be extremely painful, they usually resolve easily with treatment within 3-5 days.

Download our free guide to learn more about the types of hoof abscesses, clinical signs, potential causes, and different treatment options for this common hoof problem.


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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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