On Sunday, my mare (Lisa) was off on her near front. It was so slight I couldn't tell for sure which side it was that evening. I looked and felt and prodded... couldn't find anything. Monday, nothing more. Tuesday definitely off, but I found the culprit. A tiny piece of wood somehow managed to puncture her sole. It's been very wet here lately so her feet are unusually soft.
I got the piece out. It was about 1/16" diameter and maybe 1/4" long. I scrubbed her foot really well with lysol, rinsed well. Applied iodine to the tiny hole and wrapped. Later that day I went to check and changed the wrap (my first one sucked). When I washed it then, it bled. I felt better about it then. Put some antibiotic cream on and re-wrapped properly. Yesterday and today, just washed once each day and applied cream, new wrap. I wasn't going to wash with lysol today, but her diaper fell off so I wanted to be sure. I want to just scrub with water tomorrow.
No heat, no throbbing pulse. She's still a bit sensitive on it, but not much.
Now, how long do I have to keep wrapping it? It's going to be awfully hard to see if the hole is closing because it's so small. I don't want to risk her getting anything in there. The location is about 3/8" in front of her frog apex, so I really am concerned about keeping it clean. I figure I'll wrap for 10 days for sure, but will that be enough I wonder?
Boy, oh boy though -- wrapping her hoof is keeping it sooo nice and dry. Maybe I should put diapers on all her feet! She wears size 1.