So I rode Sunday in my "dressage" lesson, and since we jumped saturday and flatted sunday, I decided to give him Monday off. Monday I came out in the am and fed him, then came out in the pm and hand walked him a bit, put his blanket on, and went home. Tuesday rolls around... I fed him in the morning, took his blanket off, and went to work. Now, Tuesday night I came out for my lesson and noticed his front left was swollen at the pastern. It was hot, and he was dead lame. I panicked, of course and wrapped the leg, gave him 2 Grams of Bute, and called the vet briiiiiight and early in the morning. By now (Wednesday morning), it has swollen past the pastern and into the cannon. Vet believes it may be an abscess that is so bad, that it's causing swelling in the leg.
So okay... I'm trying to just take it easy here and not get too dramatic. I'm one of those types of horse folks that would rather just pay for the x-rays, ultrasounds, whatever, and know right away what's going on, then to just sit around and hope it'll just work itself out. So i'm already scouting out second opinions. What do you folks think? I haven't ever heard of abscesses that suddenly appeared out of nowhere and within the same day, began to cause swelling in the leg. I would assume that an abscess in the hoof would make the horse lame for DAYS before it would finally work it's way into the leg. What do ya'll think?
Post Script: sorry for the novel.