WOW. I think have a very luck horse here. From what I've read, it seems that despite the terrible cut, she managed to keep her artery in tact. That's the biggy here I think. A friend of mine had something similar happen years ago, but she nicked the artery and it was not a great scene. Eventually, her hoof started to regrow kind of up and over the original hoof and my friend just didn't have the thousands of dollars needed for her care. Where we are, it would have meant shipping her off to a clinic about 4 hours away and paying for care there for quite a while. It didn't end happily.
However, I don't see your girl's cut being as damaging inside as my friend's was. Have you had xrays done? Or ultrasound? The healing process seems to be going great. I hope you can keep her as active as she wants to be with the bandages and boots for protection. Good job you two! With you in charge, your horse is in good hands.
Actually she did nick an artery(the one that pulses). I must have forgotten to put that in the first post. The luckiest part of her hurting herself was that Amber discovered it directly afterwards. It was feeding time. She pressure wrapped the hoof and pastern and waited for the vet. Heidi did not lose a lot of blood due to Amber's knowledge of emergency care. No xrays or ultrasounds were taken as the vet could see inside the hoof capsule from the top. He examined to see what damage he could ascertain. He may want to do xrays if she has lameness issues at some point. For now she is quite a little miracle, imo. Did I say little? She isn't real tall but she isn't little either. ;)
Yes, the vet stitched up the arteries and veins first, after probing the area (blech) and discovering she had cut completely through the lateral cartilage (lc) and to the coffin bone and flexor tendon. He could literally pull the lc away from the foot to peer inside and see bone. Luckily, she cut TO the important structures, but apparently not actually into them. I knew she cut an artery when I tried to clean the wound and it was spurting while she stood there, so I just wrapped it tight and while hubby called the vet and AppyT for me.
Heidi layed down and dozed while waiting for the vet and hopped up and stood like a good girl for the exam and stitiching. Of course, she was sedated and had a nerve block, but she was standing up for the whole thing, and the vet has since bragged that she is truely the best patient he's ever had. Go Heidi! She's a very patient soul.
Wow, what an ordeal for you and your horse! It sounds like she has awesome care going on, which is probably the most positive thing about the circumstance! That she didn't seem to cut through 'vital' structures is a good thing too. Hopefully she will make a full recovery!
Once the surface injuries are healed over, I would handwalk her as much as you can as the activity will help her hoof grow in quicker; obviously not heavy activity or work, but as steady as you can.
Thank you mom2pride. She is actually getting a lil bit of hand walking already as she just goes stir crazy if not allowed out close to once a day. I expect I will be taking my horse for a walk often in the near future. ;) TG she's lazy.
Just a quick update. The Vet says she is doing great. He removed the sutures last week(thursday I think) and has given us instructions for the next couple of months. Keep the pressure wrap on for now and treat proud flesh as it appears. Get her out walking(he finally approved that, lol) and in a week or so she can be let out in a small turnout. 30x30 small enough that she's not tempted to rip around. Ripping around for the next few weeks is a no no. Movement is her friend but not stressful stuff. He believes she has a good chance of being sound but could very easily be tetchy limpy here and there for a few months yet. I think Cheno has his "stay in with" winter buddy til Christmas time anyway.