Just as I was getting ready to head to the barn yesterday, my BO calls. Molly, my 5 month old mini donk, is not bearing weight on one leg. I had just let them out on the pasture 48 house prior, so my first thought was founder.
Raced out to the barn, me & my BO carried her to the barn. I pushed & prodded her from her shoulder to the sole of her hoof & got no reaction. She did have heat in the cornet band. I started cold hosing her & called the vet. Vet told me he didn't think founder with only one leg, cold hose her, give her 1/4 gram of Bute & call him in the morning.
My BO called at 5:45 this morning to tell me she was still lame. Got the kids off to school, went back to the barn, waited till 7am to call the vet. He got there at noon. It didn't take him even 5 minutes to find the problem. Molly has an abcess at the cornet band. He said it will blow out in the next few days. He gave me a jar of Magna-Poltice, said to pack the hoof, use a premie size diaper & duct tape & change it out every other day. The farrier comes next week & Vet said the farrier can handle it from here