A-Z Challenge: The letter H

Hoof Abscess

Jackson is in pain.
A foreign body is fighting to escape his hoof
  (a piece of gravel perhaps).
I stand next to him in the pasture,
  his hoof soaking in warm salty water
    in the big brick red bucket.
I gently massage the shoulder crease
  where I know he holds tension.
He sighs, drops his head and closes his eyes.
Tears prick the back of mine.

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