His limbs all still seemed tight, clean and cool. I can only suspect (and kinda hope) an abscess is hiding out, waiting to make an appearance. At least abscesses are pretty straightforward as far as the healing process. Fingers crossed something shows up soon, as it's pretty sad to see your buddy sore, and miss out on rides together with Spring finally starting to show. And worry that it's something worse, the start of a debitating injury or disease during what's supposed to be your best summer together yet.
Boy I fret too much. Come'on abscess!
My best guess, since the suspected hoof is the one with two very clear bruises present, is that the bruises turned into abscesses...
Bruises can turn into abscesses. Bruises occur when the hoof suffers some sort of concussion either from an opposing hoof or object (rock, et cetera) hitting the hoof wall, or by stepping on something, usually stones. A bruise is basically a pocket of blood that develops when some blood vessels are broken. This pocket of blood is a wonderful growing environment for bacteria. As the hoof grows out, the bruise grows out, allowing bacteria to invade the area and develop into an abscess. Sometimes the bruising is severe enough that the body develops a strong inflammatory reaction that causes a “sterile” abscess. This is an abscess with no bacteria, rather only inflammatory cells and debris.And now I wait and soak. And worry. And mope.