|Photo by Dallas Webb|
I gave Blessi a bath and took him into the arena (without the boot). When I turned him loose, he immediately rolled and became a muddy pony. When he got up, he cantered about the arena madly by himself. I wasn't sure if this was due to the pain masking effects of the butte or to a recovery so I didn't let him run around too much.
The abcess never broke as far as I can tell. Looking back, I believe the problem was gravel stuck under the frog which the farrier did not trim correctly. I have since changed farriers.