Chest wound (no pictures)
I got a call from the barn manager this morning that Phoenix had gotten away from her and run wild around the barn for a good half hour. They eventually caught him and put him in the round pen; I don't know why, if I had been there I would have put him in the field with his buddies where he wanted to be.
He was so excited from running and stirring up trouble that he tried to escape the round pen by pushing on the wooden boards with his chest. He broke a board and then somehow manged to snag his chest on a nail and a piece of wood. So now he has two quite large gashes in his chest. The manager hosed him off and put him outside to calm down.
I went along tonight and cleaned the wound again with warm water, put some antiseptic on it and left it. Do I need to do anymore? It stopped bleeding but still looks pretty nasty, because of where it is I can't bandage it to keep it clean so is once a day cleaning enough? I'm just using regular old antiseptic cream, is this good enough? Would it be a good idea to give him a little bute to make him more comfortable? He seemed fine when I went, although he did come right to me instead of standing and waiting for me to go to him like normal and he seemed a little more skittish than usual,