My hore has been lame for about 3 days now and the vet was out a day ago, he said that my horse either has a bruise or abcess in his front right foot. He is a week overdue on shoes and the farrier is coming on Tuesday, but he might come sooner. Anyway the vet thinks its a bruise under the shoe and I have been putting venice turpentine on his feet to harden them since it has been so wet at my barn, today I felt a pulse right above his heel on his right foot. I think the pulse means there is an abcess. He is not limping any worse today than he was yesterday, and the vet never felt a pulse. What is something I can do to tell whether its an abces or not?
If it is an abcess how can I get it to go away I heard a farrier can dig it out if its shallow enough, but I don't know how long it takes for it to go deeper!!!! Please help me, I need some advice!!