A hoof abscess is a bacterial infection located in a horse’s hoof. The abscess will produce pus and because the hoof can not expand, pressure is built up in the hoof causing a great deal of pain and lameness.
To relieve this pressure the abscess will need to rupture. Ruptures usually occur at the corronet band or the ball of the hoof. Once the abscess has ruptured the horse should improve quickly.