long story short, my mare has had constant abscesses in both front feet for nearly 3 years. always present at the toe. She will be sound or 1/10 lame whilst they are draining but crippled when they stop driaing every month or so. we have tried everything! soak in epsom salts, poultice, sugardine, shoes on, shoes off, box rest, field rest, diet, magnetic boots, herbal remedies (desperation i know), 3 different farriers, xrays, re-section and finally a referal to an equine hospital with a diagnosis of septic pedal osteitis. she had the infected pedal bone removed from both front feet and was placed in heart bars. After 6 months of recoperation she looked good and was returned to VERY light work. she has now relapsed and in the last 2 months has had 3 abscesses at the toe on each front hoof. x-rays show abscesses tracking up the hoof wall toward the pedal bone again but no obvious sign of pedal osteitis. she's been in heart bars but presently has her shoes off to allow the abscess to drain. one foot is still draining but she is sound enough to go out for a couple of hours a day. my farriers and vets have seen nothing like it before and are at a loss. i'm exshausted and bankrupt. she still has a tiny part of the hoof that was cut away to go grow out. i am being advised that if she is still producing puss once this has grown out to have her put to sleep. has any one heard of a cse like this before. is there anything should be suggesting at this point or anything that could have been overlooked? i just want to consider everything before i PTS as i know it will eat away at me otherwise. my mare is 19 and an irish draft. grows good, strong hoof. Kept in nice dry fields, stabled when she cant go out to play. she is now becoming lame in her back legs where she is constantly trying to shift her weight, not helped by poor confirmation and sloping pasterns in the hind. Any suggestions good or bad????????this really is the last chance saloon.