Please Help! Hoof Abscess?
I got a call at work yesturday afternoon saying that Diesel didnt want to bear weight on his front right foot. I went out and he was obviously very sore and didnt want his hooves handled. I picked them out and didnt see any major stones or nails or anything, but in the crevise beside his frog it was slightly whiteish. Not a discharge or pus, just a strange coloring.
I had my farrier come out and she looked at him, (I keep him barefoot -- Always have and never have had a problem). Today he has a bit of heat in both his front legs. She noticed the tip of his frog was soft which made her think that he may have an abscess. SHe also said that the hoof was growing flared instead of just straight down.
I called the vet and asked her opinion, and both she and the farrier said to just soak it in epsom salts and warm water. There are no stalls or anything where he is so Im not sure how I could wrap it or what else I should do. They both said to give it a few days to see if it healed on its own before having the vet come out and look.
Any suggestions? Im soaking it in epsom salt and water for about a half an hour twice a day and then hosing his legs off with cool water and hand walking him for about 10 minutes a day.
How worried should I be? I've never had to deal with any hoof problems with him before and so I'm not sure if I should be doing anything else.