Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Western Massachusetts
Stone bruise and possible abscess! HELP!
On Tuesday I went out to the field, caught him, led him to the barn, tacked him up, and headed down to the arena. On the way down he stepped on a rock, he seemed ok a few minutes later, and we had the best ride we have had yet. On the way back up the hill he seemed ouchy.
On Thursday, he was already at the barn when I got there. I tacked him up and walked him around observing the foot. He seemed normal. Once on the trail he started babying that foot and was tripping over nothing. So we cut the trail ride short and headed back to the barn. While un-tacking him he reached down and bit me in the base of my spine. Not hard, as he didn't leave a mark, but it scared me. It's SO out of character for him, but I attributed it to him being in pain.
We called the farrier who came out today to look at him. He saw a small stone bruise but didn't think it was too bad. He said to let him rest for 3 days, and see how it is. I wanted to have him shod to prevent further injury in the future, but he didn't think it was a good idea. He said IF in 3 days it's not better to watch for an abscess. We also may have to use wedge pads? IDK what these are.
I wasn't out there during the visit (I had a meeting) so I only know what the BO relayed. Anyways, this is my first experience with stone bruises and possible abscesses so I need advice. Is there anything I can do? Should I be worried?