8/30 horse is lame on left front. Barn owner says he blew an abscess out his heel. I start applying Empson salt soaks for 15 - 20 mins in hot water once per day.
9/2 horse won't walk out of his stall. Barn owner wonders if he has abscess on other side. It's now the right front that seems to be the most painful. Start soaking both feet.
9/4 Walking much better, but still not trotting sound.
9/6 Farrier came. Says horse has thrush. I did see a little black on his frogs but no foul odor. Missed that it could be thrush as I was thinking it was an abscess! Horse had rather radical trim and has half pads now applied, which, strangely, prevent me from cleaning out about 1" of his feet near the base of his frog. Applied Thrush X and Mastitis Cream (cow penicllin).
9/8 Tried lysol soak per advice of many well researched forums, trying to avoid Thrush X as many are saying it is too harsh on their feet. Also used athletes foot cream up inside the crack and under shoe pads. Horse went out as he was walking well. Regimen is scrub foot, spray water through pads, lysol soak, and apply Mastitis cream and shoot cream into the crevice in the middle of his frog.
9/9 horse won't even walk out of his stall. Very lame on right front. Slightly swollen above the pastern. Barn owner says he probably felt much better and ran around like a mad thing with his friends.
9/10 horse will walk but is VERY tender on both front. He has had road founder in the past from a short trim/hard ground. I start to worry about founder, but no pulse on either front and feet are cool. Barn Owner is away.
9/11 farrier looked at him, said no danger of founder, just still lame from thrush. Said horse had "raw meat" up inside the frog where there is an indent. Said to use a jet of water under pads to keep it clean and continue other treatments.
9/13 Barn owner says to use Thrush X, so I did (second time, aiming for about once a week with this per bottle instructions). Horse is being "turned out" at night in the indoor rather than go outside with rocks and recent heavy rain.
9/16 horse is still lame. Feet look dry and hard, but he still hates to pick them up. Now using the lysol soak less often (every other day) but continuing the mastitis cream.
OK, folks, anyone have ANY words of wisdom? I don't care that I can't ride, I just want him healthy. Maybe I should go ahead and do the Thrush X once a day, but I think the worst of the infection is deep in a crevice up inside his frog. I don't have access to it due to a) I think it's way up in there and b) the pads on his shoes. His feet now LOOK perfectly healthy where I can see his frog, no odor anywhere and heels are not soft, which they were at first when we were treating the abscess.
The farrier is well respected by my barn friends and the barn owner is very knowlegable (sp, lol!). My husband, who knows nothing at all about horses, says I should call the vet. But maybe this is just a long term healing process? Thanks for reading all the way through!!!