When we got home from our weekend getaway, Jackson was walking almost normal. I attributed his slight gimp to the fact that his hoof was wrapped with so many layers of gauze and tape. The vet said the wrapping would wear off in 5-7 days. Today is day 5. This morning the remnants of the wrapping were flapping around Jackson as he... limped along.
I peeled off the bits of remaining hoof wrap and soaked his foot while he ate his morning bucket of vitamins and carrots. Then I checked his clean sole for bruises. No bruises, no breaks, a little soft and tender but nothing visible. Dragnammit!
I called the vet. Continue with bute, continue with soaking, wait. How long I ask? My other horses have always burst their abscess within a few days. She says - could be two weeks. I had a horse that took 3 months once. Three months??!!! It was highly unusual. But it may take awhile. Call me in 3 or 4 days.