About a week ago I took Drifter on a long trail ride (7.5 miles). Some of it was down a pretty rock road and he was uncomfortable so I got off and walked him down it. After we got home when I was picking his feet, he was reluctant to pick up his back hooves. Thought he was probably tired, turned him out and didn't think much of it. He was still reluctant to pick out his back feet the next day so I called my farrier. He was scheduled to come out the next day for a trim and told me he would look at Drifter's feet for me.
He called me after looking at him and said he hadn't flinched for any sign of pain anywhere and that he guessed maybe he was just stiff from the deep mud in the pasture and being worked so long.
Drifter has been very stiff in his back legs for the last week, but seemed to actually be sore on the fronts. I had called my vet out to come look at him today since he was not improving and when we got to him we noticed he had blown two huge abscessed out of both fronts. Both in the same location, close to the toe.
Should I be freaked out? Drifter hardly ever abscesses. Both my vet and farrier have recomended that I keep him up out of the mud and soak both feet with an Epsom salt and betadine solution. I am going to follow their directions obviously but I am still very concerned that this happened. The vet and farrier both think that since Drift is so stoic about pain we could not detect any in his front and that he was probably off loading weight to his back legs which would cause them to be sore.
Are there any serious issues I need to be bringing up with my vet? Do I need to be looking into his feed or anything or could the abscesses have been caused by rocks from the long trail ride? Or something to do with the mud?
Thanks for the help. Two abscesses at once just really freaks me out! Never experienced this.