By Linda Mackinnon, DVM, CVA
Cozee is a 25 year old Arabian mare used for light pleasure riding. She has been my patient for over 10 years and been a healthy horse except for a bout of hoof abscesses in her front feet, approximately seven years ago. At that time, Cozee had two surgeries at a local equine hospital for hoof abscesses, but the abscesses reoccurred shortly after the second surgery. Cozee was treated successfully with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formula Hot Hoof II, and the abscesses never returned. Previous medical history included mild allergic dermatitis in the summer, involving her tail and ventral midline.