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post #1 of 12 Old 12-14-2010, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Excel's injury *(slightly graphic)*

Promised pics in the horse talk section. Continued....

Yesterday we had a snow day because it's around -15 with the windchill. I slept in for once and ended up going out to feed the horses around noon. When my sister went out around 3:30 to clean her stall she noticed Excel was limping a bit.

Excel....the one who pulled a few shoes shortly after bringing home.
Excel....the one wo had an abcess and had to be laid off for 8 weeks until we could find a farrier to put his shoe back on.

We thought he was doing better and I started to ride him again, until today's saga. My mom wasn't home so I went out to the barn and brought Excel out into the aisle, cross-tied him to look at him. He was really sensitive to his back end, the right rear hock was swelled quite a bit and most of the leg was swelling as well. There was also a cut several inches above the hock on the inside of the leg, and old blood dripping down the leg. I called my mom who called the vet and in the meantime I wrapped it with a clean cloth and a hay string so it didn't continue to bleed.

Vet came an hour and a half later, and I went to the barn to help her. She gave Excel a sedative for pain and cleaned the wound out. She said the leg was swollen and teh cut was pretty deep, I think she said she could feel bone if she pressed. While she was explaining how to treat it for the next few days (banamine, bute) I blacked out. Hearing went, sight went, almost fell over, knees wobbled. Sat down and tried to clear my head, came back to consiousness and went inside. I have no idea WHY I passed out, I have 3 times before but all three times were from pain, and while it was freezing, I wasn't in pain! Nor was I weird from looking at the cut; I've seen absolutely horrific pics of injuries and it's never bothered me....this wasn't even bad lol.

So, vet's coming out the today and tomorrow days to give him an IV, says it was a cut from last night or so (it was an older cut, she said) and was infected, which is why it swelled. He'll hopefully be rideable (again) soon, everything's going to be okay!

Here's a pic from today, taaken off my phone so it's not good quality. I'll try to keep you guys updated
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-14-2010, 05:05 PM
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Aw poor guy. Hope he heals quickly.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-14-2010, 05:06 PM
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ouch, poor guy. Hope he heals well!

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Yikes! I hope it heals up well and fast, and you can ride soon again.
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Yikes! I hope it heals up well and fast, and you can ride soon again.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-15-2010, 03:07 AM
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it looks like a pucture wound up the top (where it looks to be gaping, but that could be just the pic on the phone). Any ideas on how it happened?

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Ouchy I hope he has a speedy recovery!

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Yikes! If there is trouble to be got in.. horses will get in it!

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-15-2010, 08:17 PM
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Ouch.. I hope it heals quickly enough and without complications.
Do you have any idea at how this could have happened? Best wishes going your way :)

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post #10 of 12 Old 12-15-2010, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

The vet *thinks* it's from a kick, which is quite possible as Lenox has back shoes that we'll be getting off ASAP. I don't really see her logic since it does seem like a puncture wound, and it's deep, but I guess vet knows best.

Today she came to give him his shot and says it's looking a lot better but we're not out of the woods yet. She told us to wrap it a certain way, so we put this yellow cream under the wound and all over the cannon bone, covered it with saran plastic wrap, covered that with this thick vet padding, and wrapped the whole thing with a polo wrap. Another pic of poor Excel's "cast" today posted below.

He was such a good boy though! It's surprising he let us be down near his legs and back end without getting touchy; whenever I try to desensitize him by grooming him around there he hunches up his hind end and scrambles away, but he was great today. We just cross tied him (another fear we got him over....when we got him the owner told us never to cross tie him and now he stands in 'em like a pro) and wrapped him up!
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