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    01-06-2011, 10:47 PM
I swear..

...horses are, by far, the most accident prone animals in existence.

Rant time.

So. I haven't seen Abby for probably two and a half weeks because I was out of town for Christmas vacation. I go out tonight to see her and make sure she knows I didn't abandon her. I am greeted with alert ears and a little nicker.

I take her inside and was checking to see if her new bell boots fit. While bent down, I saw that her back right leg had a small mark above her hoof, but it looked scabbed over, so I just figured she got a little cut and didn't think much of it. After I was done with her bell boots, I told my bf Cody that we should take her into the arena and let her run around.

The entire time I was leading her, she was behind me, so I didn't notice anything. I let her go in the arena and slapped the leadrope, and she took off at a lope..which she never does. Except it was a painfully stiff lope and she stopped. I turned to say something to Cody and Cody said she was limping as she walked around. I told her to stop and walked over and clipped her leadrope and had Cody walk her around.

Yep. Limping. So I stopped her and looked at her leg. It looks like she stuck it through a fence.. uggggh. For the most part, it looks pretty scabbed over, so it happened a while ago.

I'm also not sure how to go about treating it further because since she's developed ulcers (which the meds given by the vet are gone and she still won't let me touch her belly even lightly, so I'll start her on Ugard), she also developed a habit for cow kicking, so I'm rather wary about trying to put anything on her back leg. She made a go to cow kick me while I was taking pictures.

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions on what to do for this? We had a mare stick her foot through a gate and get it stuck this summer When she finally got it out, it was scraped up pretty badly. We just put WonderDust on it and it healed pretty fast.

Sorry for this being so long.

Excuse the poor quality. They're from my phone.
The second and third pictures are the same spot from different angles. And the first one, excuse her long fetlocks, but the cut goes all along the back of her pastern. And the last one makes her hoof look funny. I caught her as she was shifting her weight off of that leg.
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    01-07-2011, 04:01 PM
Did you call a vet to look at it?
It doesn't look infected, but she has a lot of hair, so I might be wrong.

My advice is get a vet there, clip the hair around it, but take help with you.
One way of keeping her from kicking is to hold one of her front legs (same side as the vet will be working), and keep shaking it until the work is finished. That way she won't be able to kick, and won't have to be sedated.
    01-07-2011, 04:04 PM
I don't think the vet could come out very soon, as the nearest one (my usual vet) is an hour away. I'll go out there soon and ask my BO about it too. And a scissors to cut off some hair.

It didn't really look infected, more scabbed over, but with dirt on it.
    01-07-2011, 04:13 PM
Ok, well, then wash it nicely, and keep looking for signs of infection.

If she keeps limping hard, call the vet, or take her to one. It might seem like nothing on the surface, but can have som severe damage underneath, so play it safe ;)


    01-07-2011, 04:15 PM
After I clip off her fetlock, I'll wash it out and probably put wonderdust on it. Thanks!
    01-07-2011, 08:16 PM
Okay. So after this huge fiasco with just getting to the barn (Fargo got SO much snow over the past week and the wind was blowing the snow that had already been plowed). Anyway, I knew I couldn't go down the drive to get to the barn and tried parking on the side of the gravel road. My little Corolla dropped off into the snow. Thankfully another boarder with a truck came a few minutes later and pulled me out. After walking through drifts up to my thighs, I went and caught Abby and brought her in.

She pinned her ears when I stood just near that leg as if she knew I was trying to devise a plan to touch it.

There was no way I could have cut some of her winter fuzzies to see the cuts better, let alone wash it off. I tried to just puff some wonderdust in that direction and was met with anger. Then I tried holding her front leg up and reaching to put wonderdust on parts of it, and was met with half a cow kick.

I'll call the vet tomorrow and ask about it. I doubt she'll be able to come up anytime soon with her schedule and the weather, but she may have some suggestions.

My question: Would hobbling her front leg prevent her from trying to cowkick me?

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