Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I deal with a lot of abscesses, well did, with my draft mares and while there can be heat, if was one, he would show definite signs of discomfort, would he gimpy or dead lame, not wanting to move or walk, and just be miserable. They can come out the coronary band, depending on how big and/or severe it is, could take a few days, could take a week.
Applying hot compresses and ickthamol will help speed up the process and get it to come to the surface quicker. Also, soaking the hoof in epsoms salt and really warm water too.