I came out today to find my young horse limping badly. By that I mean he would not fully step on his front right leg, and would not extend the fetlock joint. It looked like he was walking on his 'toe'. I felt everywhere, cleaned the foot, and only found a small hard lump on the inside of the pastern bone. It did not seem painful to touch/rub it, nor did it feel hot, and there didn't seem to be anything else abnormal. Temp was 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
I called the vet immediately and she didn't see any reason to come out. She said it's an abscess, probably due to the less-than-stellar farrier job, and to soak it in Epsom salt twice a day, and call back on Monday if it gets any worse.
Does this seem typical for a hoof abscess? I've never had one happen to one of my horses before, and I don't feel that it should result in a lump up on the pastern?