I have been trying to draw out an abscess on my gelding for a few days now and I am not having much luck! The vet tried to dig it out on Friday with no success and I have been soaking his foot once a day (thats as much as I can get there) for 25 minutes since then. I use a poultice on the cornet band to try and draw it out the top. The vet told me icthamal (sorry if that's spelled wrong) was more the sole of the hoof and that she was pretty sure it was already working its way up the hoof wall. Its on his left foot on the lateral side of his hoof. But I can't get it out! It is taking forever! Any ideas on how to draw it out faster? Or signs to watch that its out? The vet said I will know when its out, but I have never seen one before even though I hear they are quite common. I had to take his shoes off to get the abscess out and his foot is just rotting away it seems from all the soaking so I really want to get his shoes back on. Plus he is prone to stone bruising (the only reason he has shoes at all) so we can't even go outside. :( Any suggestions on moving this process along? How long does it normally take and what will it look like?