^Agree about the iodine packing. My mare had a NASTY abscess back in the Fall. She clipped one of her shoes during the night, and I found her hobbling around in the morning with it half way on. Even with her shoes off by lunchtime that day, an abscess still set up in her hoof. Our vet drained it once through the sole, and everything was fine for about a month. Then, got home from class one day, and she was lame in the back of her pasture. Another 2 vet calls. The last time was the worst. I guess it didn't drain all of the way the first time, and pressure built back up underneath her left heel. Awful, awful, awful. We continued the iodine packs where it burst before, and the epsom soaks with the boot from Tractor Supply. When the coronet started to soften, I cleaned it with iodine and then dabbed the area with ichthamol (nasty, smelly stuff). I honestly think that the icthamol helped the most.