At first I just about freaked out, but I did a quick check and found zero cuts or bangs, minimal swelling, and no response to anything in the leg or stifle. When I made him walk, he would only walk on the toe -- refusing to put weight on the heel.
|Only weight on the toe. Otherwise, tubby horse is happily tubby.|
I picked up the foot with no objections from the horse (Good. Not a stifle or hip issue!), and gave his heel a good poke with my finger. He just about flipped over.
Lucky for me, the thing isn't deep and is actually draining a little. The spot feels weak (it's been raining like crazy here, and I'm sure that's part of the reason he's developed a problem.), and I was able to actually express some of the pus and grossness (sorry!) with just pressure from my thumb. I flushed the whole thing with hydrogen peroxide, gave him some bute, and put him back out.
|Frog is sloughing off. Abscess point is just in front of my thumb.|
Wishful thinking? Maybe ... sigh.