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    12-03-2011, 11:42 PM
Green Broke
Angry If it's not one thing it's another!

First off wanted to thank everyone for the advice and support from the other day when Ollie was sick, still no fever the goop from his nose is all gone, more alert. He is still coughing alot but I'm very relived he's looking better and his nose isn't runny at all.

Anyways he got his new blankie today, it has a filled 220 gram insulated hood cover. If my iPad let me upload pictures on it I'd share a picture! He looks nice and warm...I look freezing cold!

Back to why I started this thread.... Went to put the halter on him when I got there and he was nuzzling my hand rubbing his lips over my hand and something suddenly felt weird and one of my fingers touched a tooth....I looked and he has....A hole in his upper lip!!

So looking more closely after I pulled him out it looks like he fell on his face (you know when you biff it and face plant and your teeth go through your lip...) yeah that's exactly what it looks like. With his still not feeling 100% he let me open his mouth, all teeth are intact and look just fine. There was no blood or even gross looking.

I have no clue to how this happened! It wasn't there as of 4pm yesterday....and he's only been in his stall since then (since he's sick) when looked at it it was about 1/2 to 1 inch long vertical on ther part of his upper lip that you can fully see when his mouth is closed. So it's the very thick part of his lip. He didn't seem like it hurt him all, infact just wanted treats.

It's open enough that my finger whent through it....that's the gross part, but I looked in his stall and couldn't find anything he could have done it on, there no blood in his grain dish that is attached to the wall, he isn't a cribber so it's not like he was sucking wind in and slipped and bashed his nose/lip ...

I tried putting a cream on it but he just licks it off so I gave up with that. I called my trainer and she had the same reaction as me....you have got to be freaking kidding me!

Any advice on how to take care of it?
My questions: will it close up on it's own or do I need to have the vet out..again to stitch it? Can you think of anything he could have cut it on?

Idk even know what all to ask!
It's so mind puzzling!! My concern is that hay will get caught in it and I would think it would irritate it!

My horse is on a roll for stressing me out...during finals!!
Ahhh and ugh!

I would have gotten pictures if his head moving around so much.
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    12-03-2011, 11:46 PM
I don't think stitching the inside of his lip would be a good idea, I would leave it, and let it be... but then, who knows, it might get infected... I say ask a vet, get their opinion.
    12-03-2011, 11:52 PM
Green Broke
I'm hoping it just heals itself but am prepared to call the vet..again
    12-03-2011, 11:53 PM
That is just freakin' unbeleiveable! Ollie! What kind of luck is that?
I bet he'll heal up just fine. If the cut happened more than 24 hours ago, it's too late to stitch it up, isn't it?
    12-03-2011, 11:53 PM
Holes in the lip big enough to put a finger through is something I would call a vet for.
    12-04-2011, 12:03 AM
Green Broke
Here are the reasons I didn't call the vet, it's not red or infected looking, it's not tender to the touch (weird) it's clean overall doesn't seem to be bothering him. I called the barn manager so he can keep and eye on it till me trainer gets out monday, my trainers moms knows and is keeping an eye on it.

My trainer thinks it will heal it's self....? Never delt with this tiptoe of injury...so yeah. Delt with a horse gutting itself on a tractor bed (long story!) delt with horses ripping there legs up, many wounds but not a hole in the lip!
    12-04-2011, 12:08 AM
If it's not actively bleeding I would leave it alone. Maybe check it now & then to be sure no food is stuck in it. The mouth is one of the fastest healing parts of the body.
I'm wondering if during the night he bumped his nose on something? Is the barn really dark?

Maybe he had a piercing before you got him
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    12-04-2011, 12:08 AM
You probably don't even have a vet come out, but just call them and ask what they think. I personally wouldn't worry about it. Just keep an eye on it.
    12-04-2011, 12:10 AM
Green Broke
I'll call first thing in the morning to let them know and see what they think, I'll feel better! How about I get a huge thing of bubble wrap for him and wrap him head to toe.

I love him to death but man does he know how to freak mommy out!
(and no it was not bleeding at all)
    12-04-2011, 12:12 AM
Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar    
I'll call first thing in the morning to let them know and see what they think, I'll feel better! How about I get a huge thing of bubble wrap for him and wrap him head to toe.

I love him to death but man does he know how to freak mommy out!
(and no it was not bleeding at all)
I suggest investing in a padded room.

Could you donate some money to me also, for a padded room for my boy?

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