I've gotten tired of waiting for Wrangler to get totally sound so I called an equine vet friend to come out and give me a second opinion. After watching him lunge, doing flexion tests, nerve blocks and x-rays, she determined the abscess area was still bothering him. It's nice to have official conformation of what I already suspected, but really, when is this thing going to heal up. She recommended a bar shoe, filing out the abscess crack and unloading the lateral side of the hoof. I called the potential buyer and explained the situation. I told her I was just turning him back out with the other horses and we'll see what happens when we reset the shoes again. I am not doing a bar shoe at this time. Amazingly, she is still interested but obviously still looking for something else.
So what better way to spend some quality time with a lame horse than painting.