On Saturday morning I arrived at the barn with my trailer ready to hunt. I’d been away for work for a few days and was really looking forward to a gallop through Concord.
Unfortunately, it was not to be.
It appeared that Freedom had abscessed on his right front; it burst out the coronary band by the heel bulb. Although he was walking out sound, he was tender in that area and there was no way that I could put a hoof boot on as Cavallo boots cover the back of the hoof completely.
I’m pretty sure that this is the end result of the pebble incident. The bruise must have traveled up the hoof and come out on the hair line. I cleaned it up, sprayed it with Furazone and have been trying to keep it clean. Luckily it’s not muddy right now so I should be able to keep it clean as he heals.
An abscess is always a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that it’s not a mystery lameness, that he’s already pretty much sound, and that it will heal up pretty soon.
The bad news is that he can only be ridden lightly right now and he cannot wear a boot. I’m hacking him lightly on soft ground to keep his mind and body exercised but I don’t want to push him while he’s favoring that foot. I can tell that he’s compensating on it; a massage tonight revealed a lot of tightness in his left hind. I don’t want him to end up with a more severe injury by working him too hard.
Sigh. The timing sure could be better, but I am glad it’s nothing more serious.