So, I knew Bogie had an abcess in his right front, but when my farrier came out today I asked him to give me his opinion of the right hind leg, too. He's been holding it funny this week, and it almost looked like it was his stifle or hip...not "lame" per se, but turned out wierd. Well, he had abcessed in BOTH right front at the toe (where I knew it was, but couldn't get to it. I am just not keen on being agressive with paring back those soles) AND his right hind had an abcess along the outside edge. No WONDER he was holding it like that. He was already much better after opening them up, but MAN are they huge. SO, in a stall he went, for lots of pampering and soaking and packing. I HATE abcesses. Anyway, my farrier commented that he's seen more than double the abcesses this year...WAY more than normal. Anyone else notice this?? I wonder why, if so...just pondering. Also, anyone have any favorite "recipes" for abcesses once they are open and draining?