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post #31 of 38 Old 12-16-2010, 06:02 PM
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Just had our colt gelded today, was told to walk / trot him at least 20 min. twice each day. The incissions will need to drain & stay open while they drain. They should be healed in approx. 10days -2 wks. the 2nd day will be the hardest for him as he will be stiff & starting to swell. The swelling will be greatest during the first week while the drainage takes place. & yes, as "smrobs" tells- touch the liquid- smell it- if it is foul- it might be infection starting. the actual drainage doesn't smell bad. -- Best --
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post #32 of 38 Old 12-16-2010, 06:16 PM
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Zorro had ALOT of drainage, but it didnt smell. Also alot of blood as well. The vet threw his "things" down the paddock after he finished and next doors dog ate them!! Yuck!

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post #33 of 38 Old 12-18-2010, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I just thought I would give you an update. I am happy to report that my colt is feeling SO MUCH better!

The antibiotics made all the difference in the world to him. The day after his first dose, his temperature was nearly normal and he felt better. Then, yesterday and today he has felt AWESOME, like his old self!

I took him out for 1 1/2 hours ponying and running loose while I rode my older gelding, and my colt just ran and ran and ran everywhere he went.

When we got back his sheath was back to it's normal size and there was no drainage at all today. No pus, no blood, nothing! I am hoping that means he has healed from the inside out and all that is left to heal is the outer scabby areas. But I think if there was anything left inside to drain, then he would have worked it loose with all that running.

So my baby is feeling good again. I'm so happy!

Now I am back to wondering if I will be able to get him trained, he is such a handful!
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post #34 of 38 Old 12-18-2010, 09:55 PM
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glad to hear he is doing better. Also glad the vet came out and he was put on antibiotics. The vets I work for always give tetnus when gelding and usually recommend antibiotics for a few days, since it is an open wound, there is a chance of infection getting in there until it has healed.
Whenever there is an open wound of any type, there will be a yellow drainage coming from the wound. I was concerned with a wound that our gelding had and questioned my vet. He said the yellow/white drainage is perfectly fine since it is cells sluffing off, but when the horse is running a temp or the discharge has a foul odor, then there is probably infection. so, I find myself smelling wounds to see if the stink like bad or just smell normal.
Once thing to think of with your little guy having such bad luck in his young life. Maybe all his issues will be done with and you two will go on to have a great uneventful life together. lol
His leg does look alot better.
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Thanks Wyominggrandma! My vet does give them a tetanus shot whenever he gelds. But the antibiotics aren't standard, but I'm so glad the vet came back out and gave him the antibiotics. Not only did it make a difference in the drainage from the would, but his temp came down and he feels like himself too. It really eased my mind!

I sent my vet a Christmas card with a gift card as a "thank you" for being there when I need him.

Thanks regarding the leg. I think it looks better too. Sometimes the pastern will make a popping sound, but the vet assures me it's just a loose ligament (or maybe a tendon?) and that is should tighten up as he grows.

It doesn't slow baby down though. He thinks he's going to try out for the Kentucky Derby!

I hope we have a long, uneventful future together. That is my goal for him, to be a trail horse and good friend that I will have for years and years.
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With the care and love you already show him, he will be exactly what you want him to be.
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post #37 of 38 Old 12-18-2010, 10:59 PM
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WooHoo, glad he's feeling better.

I usually keep a bottle of penicillin on hand just for such an occasion. When Rafe was just about a yearling, he cut his hind pastern on something and despite rinsing and treating, it got infected. I was able to shoot him up with a course of pen and didn't have to bother the vet about it.

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Thanks guys!

Now I am already back to worrying if I will ever get him trained. I am having the same old problems I've always had with him. He does everything I want, he just has attitude doing it!

For instance today I was touching up his feet with a rasp, and while I was doing the fronts, besides wanting to pull them away (which wasn't a biggie, I can work with that) he also wants to nip me. And I couldn't really correct him or do anything about it because of the position I was in. He doesn't use his teeth, but still.....

And he is always wanting to to either nip at my leg when I pony him, or the neck of the pony horse. I have been carrying a dressage whip and he does get smacked. A lot. But it just doesn't seem to make an impression. And if he's not nipping, he's trying to chew my reins, saddle strings, breastcollar billets, etc.

This stuff is nothing new, but I just can't seem to get it into his head that this is wrong behavior. I don't know if it is playful, or dominance issues.

Anyway, that is one of the reasons I gelded him as soon as the vet said it was okay- because I don't want the rude behavior to get worse.

He really is a good boy. He leads, ponies, ties, picks up his feet, trailer loads, takes his dewormer, moves off of pressure. Backs out of my space when I make a kissing sound. So he does everything I want him to, I just don't know why he can't loose the attitude.

I pray that if I keep working at it, eventually he will mature. He has TONS of energy and is very playful. He doesn't have anyone else his age to play with. Just his mom and my older gelding. So that's why I think he tries to initiate things with me.

We will keep trudging away at it. I had no idea raising a baby would be so hard!
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