Can't figure out how to implement vet recommendations
Huey came up lame at the trot last Sunday, and has a bump on his foreleg (to the outside of the cannon) that is softish and warmish (but not squishy or hot) and that he doesn't really like to have handled. We cold-hosed him 3x per day and poulticed him at night from Monday through Thursday, and had the vet out on Friday. Vet thinks it is probably a bee sting. There HAVE been a ton of yellow jackets out lately, and the bump DOES have a little spot at the top of it where there is not hair, BUT the bump still wasn't gone tonight and is still softish and warmish. I think it is smaller than it was, but who the heck knows. Vet said to hop on and trot him tomorrow and see if he's still "off" at that gait. Haven't ridden him at all since Monday morning when we confirmed he was "off" and he's been on paddock turnout and stalled at night ever since.
Naturally, I am overflowing with anxiety over whether this is really a bee sting and whether my horse is going to be lame FOREVER, etc etc etc...
..but what my real issue at the moment is this: vet said to 2x per day to alternate hot and cold treatment on the area.
I cannot for the life of me figure out how to implement this properly. The barn is 15 minutes from my house, and it is possible that I could keep a sack of peas in the freezer and spirit it out to the barn in 15 minutes, but it's really 15 minutes of driving plus 5 minutes of booting up (too hot still to just be wearing boots around) plus 5 minutes of getting the horse out of the turnout and walking him to the cross-ties plus 5 minutes of getting organized...so it's really 30 minutes between the time those peas would come out of the freezer and the time they could go onto the horse.
And assuming they're not mushy and thawed by then, I'm not sure how to keep them on the horse's leg. Huey has made it v.e.r.y. c.l.e.a.r. that he was done done DONE with all this messing about with cold hosing etc several days ago. Usually he stands just fine for grooming and farrier, but all this standing around for ages every day getting his leg treated has really been pushing the limits for him. He has not been misbehaving, but he has been letting me know that he is SO OVER this. So the two things that suggested themselves were 1) hunch over on the ground for a half-hour holding things onto his leg and 2) vetrap the suckers on.
If it was JUST cold, the vetrap idea would work, but because it's supposed to be 5 minutes cold, then 5 minutes hot, then 5 minutes cold, then 5 minutes hot, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to keep vetrapping things on and off his leg. OTOH, I know better than to sit down next to my horse's feet, and my back and knees aren't going to stand for 30 minutes of squatting.
Also, if it was JUST cold, I could keep up with the hosing, even though Huey hates it, and I must say, I am also finding it extremely tiresome, trying to keep the spray on the right area while he shifts around in boredom and irritation, while trying to keep my own boots out of the spray, while fanning away the 1,000,000 biting insects that are coming out of the woodwork in the mornings and evenings.
But the only way I can see the "heat" part working, given that I have access to an outlet but not something like a microwave, at least, not in the barn (and I have tried - heating something up at home and transporting it to the barn in a cooler leaves it no more than lukewarm by the time I get there, and it lasts for next to no time at all). So I am thinking "heating pad" but I sure can't do that if I need to alternate it with cold hosing. And then we also get to the problem with the frozen peas. How the heck to keep this thing on his leg without killing my own joints or doing something stupid and dangerous like sitting down next to horse feet?
AAAAAAGGGHH!! I am already worried sick about my boy, and now I'm feeling terrible because I can't figure out how to implement the vet's suggestions. I'm sure that other people have dealt with this. My trainer, who is the person I'd usually ask, is away right now. I've still been cold hosing, under the "can't hurt, might help" assumption, but I would definitely feel better if I could figure out how to follow the vet's recommendation...