I have a 2 1/2 year old QH gelding at home right now that is limping pretty bad on his right hind. It seems to me to be his foot that is causing him pain when he puts weight on it. Most of the time he will stand with that leg cocked while he is out in the pasture. I just noticed this on Saturday. I was going to ride him, but while lounging I saw that he was lame (I didn't ride him after seeing that).
My gut reaction is that it's an abcess. There is no heat, swelling or pain from any part of his hip, hock, pastern or any other place on his leg. Sunday I started soaking his foot in warm water and epsom salts and giving him some Bute. He's always in good spirits and very curious about things (as usual!).
What are some signs that you look for to diagnose a hoof absess?
What treatment do you recommend to help speed up the healing process?