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post #11 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 02:57 PM
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Your BO is not a vet. Period.... I am so amazed at how many horse owners look to their BO or trainer as a vet.. They are not vets. Their advice could kill someones horse one day, as I am sure many times advice has killed horses because the owner thinks the BO or trainer is a vet or God or both.
I have worked for vets for more years than I care to count, and I have seen endless results for "home vet care" because of not wanting to call a vet out. Some die, some have massive infections, some recover some don't. All because somebody can't afford the vet or the BO or Trainer or next door neighbor or whomever says" its not a big deal".
Don't treat open wounds with salt. Not a wound on the head that could be in sinuses for sure. Get the vet out. Can't tell you the number of times I would be out in field with the vet on emergency calls on holidays. Just the way it is
If you can't afford emergency vet care when it is needed, then you need to think about saving money for it. I realize you are a teenager, but your parents should be aware that horses cost money, they do not save it for good days, and that the BO is NOT a vet. I can guarantee the BO will not pay for the vet care, that is your responsibility. She did not injure your horse, your horse injured itself.
At the very least, this horse should have been started on antibiotics yesterday when this happened. Infection could already be started, and if you wait another day, just more chance of issues.
Get the vet out.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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we got strapped for money this month. anyway we just rinsed her down with warm water. the BO had cleaned her up this morning. just got back from looking her over now that she's not so tender and all the swelling is gone and its turned out to be very shallow. it's just deep enough to have caused the bleeding but thats it. the swelling made it look worse. we putsome stuff to keep the flies off it. I'll monitor it and talk with the vets in the area aboutgetting an appointment set up.

and i wasnt taking the BO's advice like they were a vet/god i took their advice for what i could do for her immediately. i came to the forum to see if there was any other advice i could get on how else to keep her cared for while i was getting to the vet.

thank ya'll for the advice; i appreciate it. i'll be picking up some stuff tomorrow when thr feed stores open to set up a first aid kit for her in the future (since i dont have any medicines for cuts and such) will try to get pics up sometime to show ya'll how its lookin. it already started healing and has a good color (no irritation and no signs of infection)
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 08:06 PM
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keep it clean, No ointments. if its more than a flesh wound get the vet out. Otherwise send them pictures and get their opinion. I would make sure she has a tetnus shot.
Can't see why your BO would be footing the bill, your the owner and your responsibility. Horses get hurt.
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-23-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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spoke yo the vet and they said since the swelling was down and ther was no bleedingfor the rest of the day it hqppened to today she didnt need to go in. it's appearing to be just a flesh wound and the sensitivity is gone (we can clean it with out her freaking out now) so we're just watching it closely now. working on those pics, both phone and computer are fighting with me.

also my mom's dead set on having the BO foot things; not me. as it is the BO is letting us use her stuff to clean it and keep the flies off of it so I'm not as concerned about the moneymoney; it let me spend my money on hay and feed for her instead. and im aware they get hurt, everything and everyone does. the BO will be wrapping the bolt that caused the injury (since this is the second such injury) to see if that prevents such bad injuries in that area in the future.
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-07-2012, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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I'm so sorry for not getting these up sooner. Kinda lost the chord to connect my phone to the computer and since I don't bother with a memory card the images remained on my phone.

we kept a fly repellent medicine on it while she was in turn out and let it air out nightly. It got rinsed once daily - unless she got dirty and then it was rinsed twice a day - and medicine to help it heal was applied every other day. It didn't seem to need it every day and had very little (clear) drainage. It's already peeling in a few spots and the scab is actually not as red as it appears in the photos (it's more clear than red) so it should be flaking off on it's own in another week or two.

She's no longer sensitive to the touch, I've been touching her all over the head again to get her used to it and she just stands there (and sometimes leans into it) The only problem I have now is since she had a few weeks off she now clamps her teeth when I offer her the bit. Soooo we just stand there for a few minutes bridle half-on waiting for her to take the bit and after a while she'll accept it and then stand there for the saddle lol.

A few days after the accident

It looks worse than it was. A coin would have sat flat in the injury and been sticking out a little bit so it wasn't that deep. Just very, very angry looking. This was taken just after we cleaned her up (she was very dirty that day)
two days ago.

this one was taken before I washed her so the scab is dirty but since it's a scab and the injured skin isn't exposed I'm not as worried about the dirt.
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