Wednesday my mare managed to find a rock to step on during a lesson. She stumbled off and my trainer pulled it out and said it went up in her frog and was bleeding a tiny bit.. Once it came out and she walked a bit, she stopped limping.. We did a little trotting and all seemed well. That night my trainer wrapped her foot with sugar and betadine for me. The next day I had no way of getting to the barn, but today, Friday I went out to find that she was limping around.
A bit of heat in her hoof and her leg is pretty swollen around the tendons. I hand walked her to get the blood flowing, Iced her leg, and then poulticed.. I'm thinking abscess? Just looking for anyone's opinions on what may be going on and what to do with her. Tomorrow I'm going out to soak her hoof with epsom salt and redo the sugardine pack in her hoof, as I'm thinking it's an abscess. I'd rather not call out the vet if I know that it's an abscess, since any time I ever have before, they've simply told me to pack it with sugar and betadine and then charged me 300 dollars for the information, though I will if she doesn't get better. Anyways, any insight would be lovely. Thanks