Originally Posted by thesilverpony
Thanks for your well wishes and perspectives, everyone. I'll never again let anyone aggressively dig away at my horses sole. It would have been better to just soak and medicate and wait...But how do you know to definitely treat for an abscess in the first place if your farrier doesn't dig at the sole? How do you know it won't burst around the coronary band?
You don't know for sure, but severe sudden lameness combined with infection(heat & bounding pulse) are a fair bet. Abscesses can come about for a variety of reasons. Unless it's due to a puncture or such, there is usually no 'track' to follow to know where to dig. In your case I'd guess it was a stone bruise to the sole. As someone said, they take the path of least resistance, so unless there is extreme separation(& even then), a solar abscess won't come out at the coronary. Likewise unless it's a massive subsolar abscess, one in the heel is not likely to track to the toe or vice versa.
I did slather a pharmacy- worth of meds on the hoof in the past weeks; epsom salt gel, iodine (sugardine), Durasole (still using that, it can't hurt), tarry sole packing, Sore-no-more, Animalintex, icthammol, cotton, vet-wrap, duct tape and soaking boots,... obviously none of it did anything.
While it's important to be careful to avoid further infection, as it's an open wound, slathering it with chemicals like that that damage healthy tissue can ****** healing.