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