Thanks for all of your input, I was called away for awhile, just got back. He gets better when standing on stall mat, bad when out in the mud and dirt (mostly mud these days) I've had him stalled again for 2 days now, but the pain seems to be getting worse, he is very tender at coronet band, where I am putting the Icthommol, I'm hoping it is because it is drawing something out. I know I should have an xray, but vet is so expensive I'd be mad if it turned out it is just an abscess.
You need to have your vet out--period. Your description of appears sound after a week of stalling but is lame again in 5 minutes after being out to move around is very very common with tendon/ligament injuries and these are serious. You need to have your vet assess the leg and get a good diagnosis. If it is a tendon/ligament injury, restricted movement and a very very slow return to work is important for the injury to heal correctly and not become a chronic problem. 1 or 2 weeks off is just not enough with these kinds of injuries. Even if it is not a soft-tissue injury, it's very likely not an abcess because they don't tend to seem better after time off--they continue to get worse until they rupture and drain because you have a continual build up of pressure inside the hoof. Diagnostic Ultrasound & Musculoskeletal Injuries in Horses
I am upset about the vet's advice - here is the situation. The lame horse has VERY flat feet. When I bought him they had him shod and wearing lift pads. He couldn't keep the shoes on. I decided to go barefoot with him, he has been fine for 3 years. I couldn't be there for vet appointment, so my husband was there. He loves the horses, but he isn't all that familiar with the ins and outs of caring for them. I wrote down everything I could think of to explain the situation and what I had been doing - the vet comes out, examines him and says he needs to be shod! He says the horse has a bruise, on the lateral aspect of the hoof??? Is this necessarily a good assessment??? Help! PS - I can't see it - he told my husband it was visible, I'll have to look more closely (if that's possible LOL) he didn't bother to write down which side the bruise was on - Argh, I wish I could have been there.