I'm posting this here in the training thread as opposed to the health thread because the problem is not so much the abscess, but getting Elwood to put his foot in a bucket.
Some years ago I was doing an exercise where you get the horse to put front feet in a hula-hoop lying on the ground then move the hind feet around it in a circle, no problem for my other horses, but Elwood no. Eventually I could get his front feet in and stand there for a bit, but never relaxed.
2 summers ago I tried getting him to put his foot in a bucket, no success, and ended up cold hosing. When I took him in for a Coggins I asked the vet how to train a horse to put a foot in a bucket. He laughed and said he is not a trainer, he is a vet. If they don't put their foot in a bucket he just gives them another shot.
Now he has an abscess and could use to soak it in Epsom salts before packing and wrapping. My daughter suggested using a large soft rubber feed pan rather than a bucket. He did finally stand there with his foot in the pan, but by that time all the water and salts were splashed out, so I just let him stand there in the empty pan for a while and called it a small measure of success.
He has a history of being skittish and watching where his feet go, no matter how many hula hoops I set out and tried nonchalantly leading/riding him by until he accidentally stepped in one he always managed to avoid them.
So, how can I get him to put his foot in a bucket? Whether in time for this abscess or not, I'd like to work on this until he will.
PS He has no problem going in mud, water, puddles, etc. So I am thinking of putting Epsom salts in a puddle and having him stand in there :)