Abscess care and aftercare
Long story short, I'm a college student and couldn't afford to move my horse out with me this semester, so I pasture boarded him at the barn that I was already boarding at at home and liked. Feed, blanketing, and hoof care included. Fast forward 4 months, I get a job and found a new barn and was getting ready to move my horse, but couldn't get ahold of the barn owner. Sent her a few texts, then decided to get him anyway and just leave her a note. Go to pick him up, his feet probably haven't been done in the entire 4 months, he's dead lame on one leg, and his legs are totally covered in mud. Get to the new barn, start cleaning his legs off, and find a big abscess that already worked it's way up to the coronet.
This was all two days ago, and the farrier won't be out until tomorrow. I've been soaking/poulticing/etc the abscess and he's a little less lame, though still VERY ouchy. I don't know how deep it goes or if it can even drain out the bottom since I'm guessing he got it from his feet being long and not being stabbed by a nail or something. Besides trimming his feet, what can I do to make him hurt less? And what is aftercare like? I've never had a horse with an abscess...can you just pick up regular riding and jumping once it's more healed, but still growing out?