One week ago my vet diagnosed by OTTB with a bruised foot. He was a little lame, which is why I called her. No swelling or heat in the legs. She said it was very clearly from when he grabbed his shoe and prescribed rest for five days along with Bute, and epsom soaks and poultice.
I gave him seven days rest and got on him last night and he's still lame. Not worse, about the same, and only at the trot. He's sound walking and standing.
Vet is coming back tonight to take an xray of the foot. My questions are:
1) Can a bruise take so long to heal (more than ten days)? Can the bruise lead to an abscess?
2) Can an abscess be seen on an xray?
She said that if she suspects abscess after the exam he will be put on antibiotics. Farrier will also come to see if he can find it.
Now, worst case scenario vet painted was a coffin bone injury. Does anyone have experience with that? Would a horse be sound walking and have no swelling if they had that?