My horse was diagnosed by the vet with a possible abscess (or stone bruise) about 10 days ago (Friday 10 Feb). After treating for 4 days as an abscess, soaking and poulticing and bandaging, I had the farrier put the hoof testers on again just as a progress check. He was very sure it was just a stone bruise, so, he put the shoe back on with a leather pad and nailed the shoe to such an extent that the nails were not in the area that was sore.
Three days later after the farrier took a look, (last Friday, 17 Feb), I got on and the horse was still off..not nearly as bad however. I gave him Saturday and Sunday off then rode Monday the 20th. Of course, he ws so hyper at this point I coulnd't tell if he was off or just bouncing around from having too much energy. I had one of the trainers take a look and she seemed to think it was energy. I rode Tuesday and again, he was bouncing all over the place, jigging and what I refer to as wiggly..he was doing great sidepasses.
Tonight I lunged him for 25 minutes to get rid of some of the energy so I could make a better analysis under saddle. When I got on he still didn't feel right at the trot in either direction but he WAS responsive and wasn't tripping at all like he had been at the start of this little adventure. I did put him inot a canter on both leads and he picked up both easily and was very smooth in the gait with no fussiness that might indicate he was hurting.
I admit I may be paranoid but the trot just doesn't feel like it did before. Could the pad be throwing his stride off under saddle..making his feet uneven by adding just that hair more thickness to his foot or am I looking at a stone bruise that hasn't quite healed? He was never and isn't lame at all at the walk and if there was an abscess forming for ten days I would imagine he would be nearly three legged lame at this point.
He is showing 100% sound on the lunge in both directions and in trotting up and down on the driveway. His hoof was just a hair warmer than the others and I do mean a hair..the difference was very minimal. The digital pulse was normal (as in could barely feel). The rest of the leg is fine, no swelling or heat anywhere. He was trotting beautifully on the lunge line so I doubt he is having problems in the shoulder, hock, or stifle. He has great suspension and the gaits are even on the lunge.