We are letting him walk around in a soft footing area as much as he wants. However, I am keeping him alone so other horses don't bother him while he is going through this.
The xrays show a perfectly clean foot and leg, no coffin bone issues,etc. Vet could not see the abscess on the xray, which I have heard is not unusual. She evaluated him yesterday and said she expects it will come out the coronary band soon. A few "red dots" have appeared in that area which indicated the infection will exit there. As a precaution, he is on antibiotic. No swelling whatsoever in the leg. Mild heat in hoof and slightly raised digital pulse.
This happened because of the trauma to the foot when he grabbed his shoe then came down hard on a bent shoe. Poor boy, he looked miserable when I got there yesterday but after some soaking and tlc he was comfortable when I left. He does seem to feel better after some hand walking.