Watch as Dr. Evan Becker talks about hoof abscesses, including identification, treatment, and prevention.

About This Video

A hoof abscess is a bacterial infection trapped in the hoof capsule. Many horses will experience this type of infection during their lifetimes, and if not treated properly, it can lead to more serious health issues.

Dr. Evan Becker of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute discusses what causes hoof abscesses, how to assess your horse, and when to call your veterinarian. Watch to learn more about treatment, including soaking and hoof packing techniques, and some ways to try to avoid this burdensome injury. 

Key Principles:

  • What hoof abscesses are and common causes of hoof abscesses
  • How to assess your horse for a hoof abscess
  • Best practices for preventing hoof abscesses
  • What to do if your horse is diagnosed with a hoof abscess

About The Expert

Evan Becker, DVM
Evan Becker, DVM
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Dr. Becker was born and raised on a small horse farm in Frederick, Maryland. He attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the polo team and obtained his B.S. in Animal Science in 2015. With a passion for equine medicine, Dr. Becker continued his education at Auburn University where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Following graduation, he completed a one-year internship at Ocala Equine Hospital rotating between surgery and ambulatory services.

Dr. Becker’s personal interests include running or hiking with his fiancée (Joy) and their highly energetic black lab (Allie), traveling, and attending Kentucky and Auburn sporting events.