Jackson lost a shoe last week as a big rain storm was moving through. Our farrier was out of town so I managed to pull the shoe and then put on an EasyBoot. That worked well until Jackson broke the EasyBoot and I found him wandering around his stall barefoot. Great.
Our farrier came up Tuesday and put the shoe back on. He also took a look at Tuffy who was lame and in pain. He pronounced it a probable abscess so I slapped on a poultice and a diaper and wrapped him up good with vet wrap. He had a lovely green foot to hop around on.
Wednesday, Jackson seemed a bit off. Not a lot. Just a bit. I figured his foot was sore from being barefoot and then getting the shoe back on. I gave him some bute and some GastroGuard to settle his nervous stomach. Jackson is a champion worrywart.
Yesterday, Jackson was still sore. Tuffy looked like he was getting around better.
This morning, Jackson was hopping lame. And his manure was a mess. More GastroGuard, more bute and a call to the farrier. We suspected a hot nail. Our farrier was able to come up this afternoon and pull the shoe. It was not a nail - Jackson was not at all sensitive in the hoof wall where the nail was. However, he was big time sensitive on the sole. Probably an abscess.
I soaked his foot and washed his manure stained tail.
Then it was his turn to get a poultice, diaper, duck tape boot.
Meanwhile, Tuffy was walking normally so I took off his hoof wrap. It was full of stinky abscess stuff and Tuffy walked normally with it off. He smelled his clean hoof thoroughly, then went for a roll in the dirt, and celebrated by chasing Finessa around the pasture twice. He came over to offer his condolences to Jackson.
Actually, I think he looks a little smug. Flash thought so too and chased Tuffy into the donkey stall. Tuffy felt good enough to throw in a little attitude on his way. Don't blink or you'll miss it on this video.