It was suggested that I soak Speedy's hoof in an Epsom Salt bath in order to draw out some of the soreness that is making him lame. I am still pretty sure he's just bruised, and he's nearly back to 100%.
I've soaked a few horses' hooves before, so I know it can be a disconcerting experience for the more sensitive ponies out there. Speedy let me gently lower his foot into the warm bath. After two minutes, he seemed to be relaxing, so I slowly started to brush his neck and shoulder hoping to relax him even more.
Nope. In a freak out moment, he jerked his foot out of the bucket, launched it sideways, and then he turned himself into a pretzel and flew out of the cross ties. He tried to sit down in his panic, but finally, the halter slipped over his ears, and he bolted.
I rounded up my terrified pony, soothed his little brain, and tried it all again. The second time, I only managed to pick his foot up before he kicked, re-launching the bucket and escaping the cross ties. The second time, the halter's breakaway piece snapped.