07-02-2012, 09:23 AM
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I agree with Cherie. That's actually an old abscess that's already burst. If your horse go's severely lame fairly quickly without any heat or swelling then that is a good sign that you may be dealing with an abscess. On occasion you will have swelling but for the most part, with a "normal" abscess, you are going to get a sudden onslought of lameness. It might even be so bad that you think your horse has broken something....
Did your farrier see a bruise when he was out? I'm curious why he mentioned the possibility of an abscess...