Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
hoof abscess can make a horse appear broken-bone lame. Sometimes they won't even bear any weight on it. I have seen horses with fractured knees walk better than a horse with an abscess about to blow. And yes, it can cause swelling in the leg. Is their heat in the leg, and if so where? Is there heat in the foot? Compare heat in the lame side with heat on the sound side. Pay special attention to the heels. You mentioned that he had issues keeping shoes on, so it makes me think there might be something in the foot like a quick nail, gravel etc.
Anyways, good that yiou are having the vet out. Hope it goes ok and it is nothing major.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork