I am soaking him in warm water and Epsom salt. He stands pretty well in a bucket so I let it go as long as possible. But his hoof has developed a clef and the frog is looking pretty rough from soaking. After soaking, I dry it up as much as possible and treat it with Thrush X. I hadn't tried Icthomol on the bottom because the vet was kind of, "Oh not necessary." But I have heard of that being done by other people. I didn't tape up the bottom either because I wasn't told to, but again, I have heard of people doing it and it probably wouldn't hurt to try. However, would packing the bottom of his hoof just lock in more moisture and rot up that hoof more?
I have been hand walking him and I will let him graze some, but I haven't turned him out because of the barn's darn stone drive way. I was afraid of a stone bruise on top of the abscess. He looks even more sad hobbling on the stones, poor guy. He is scheduled to return to turnout as tolerated on Wednesday. But maybe I will ask for him to go out tomorrow and see. When this abscess blows, will it be obvious?
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man." ~ Sir Winston Churchill