This is just to serve as a little reminder to folks to really check their horses over occasionally. Today, Dobe was getting shoes put on because we have a long day of cattle work planned for Thursday. At one point, I was scratching him all over while the farrier was shaping a shoe and I found a small lump on his belly, directly where the bottom of the front cinch would go. It was a new thing so I took a closer look.
Come to find out, he had laid down and gotten a small sticker stuck in there and it had begun to abscess. Thankfully, it was only about the size of a pea when I found it, but if it had been left alone, no telling how large it could have grown...or if it would have been painful for him on Thursday.
But, now, all is well. I drained the abscess and cleaned it up and he should be good to go.