3 weeks ago I got a call from my grandma saying Champ was very lame and was not putting weight on his right front foot. I had figured that a cougar had cme down from the mountains behind us, scared the horses and Champ tripped and hurt himself. I cold hosed 6 times a day for a week. He showed great improvment and half way into the second week we went for a very light ride and he did very well. 2 days later I went to ride again (I had been over the day before and he was fine) he was lame. I hosed him again locked him into his night paddock and called the vet. THe assistant told me that it sound like an abcess due to the fact that it was really bad then got better, then got worse. She told me to soak it in hot water and epson salts. I did that twice today. Does this sound like he could have an abcess? He is extremely sensitive on hard ground. I have researched many possible leg injuries and abcess seems very likely. I will have the vet up this friday if theres no improvement. If you have any other suggestions or tips please post them.