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Join Date: Dec 2010
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No worries Sky, I'm sure it would be very, very time consuming to read 76 pages so I can give a summary to her to clear things up.
Smelmel- thank you for trying to help, and I totally see where you're coming from. I do however, need to clear a few things up for you ^_^
First off, this injury was almost exactly two months ago. I agree that the ear was horrific and VERY grimy when I took pictures of it...I'm unsure of how she managed to get so much dirt on it in such a short time (rolling maybe?). I did the best that I could as far as quarantine went for her, and she was stalled pretty much 24/7 in that 3 sided stall and small turn out. I did not think it would be smart to try to enclose her to only that 14 x 14 stall because of prior mistreatment that caused her to be very claustrophobic. She has spent a good chunk of her life in a very small space and therefore the less space she has, the more she fret, she less she eats, etc etc. Its just a downhill fall from there.
Once I finally found a good vet to clean her ear, we actually paid for her to be knocked out (and by knocked out, I mean enough to make her very loopy. I'd equate her sedation to the same amount as when her teeth were floated) and to have the wound flushed out and power cleaned since I felt like I couldn't do it justice. After that it was just a matter of keeping the flies out (by the way guys, SWAT is my favorite ointment EVER now. That stuff was perfect for her ear wound, as well as the little scuffs and such that have appeared every now and then) and keeping it as clean as possible. Miraculously the wound never did get infected or ooze anything more than a bit of clear liquid at first. It looked pretty gruesome for a while but I'm happy to report that the ear is 100% closed up and probably 90% functional. It still tilts funky, but she can move it and hear out of it.
Secondly, I don't own Kenzie. Its a rather complicated story, but basically I pay for her special feed and what vet/farrier care I can to alleviate the stress from her actual owner, who happens to care for (owns or boards) 40 other horses as well and runs a therapy center. Therefore it DOES matter the costs, care, notice. I took on her care out of love for her, but I do not own her nor any right to do what I please with her. The reason that I don't own her is because I DO realize the costs, and know that I can not sufficiently care for her. So she belongs to BO, and I pitch in what time and money I can. Its a crazy situation but hey, you work with the cards you're dealt, right?
Thirdly, while I do wish we had been able to rehome or move her, she's in a bit of a better situation now in that she is 100% healed from the injury, sound, sane (ISH. lol), and back out to pasture like she should be. BO had a bunch of security cameras installed and one is trained right on her pen, so if anything like this (pray it doesn't) again, we will be able to catch the culprit.
Thank you for your concern, and I'm SURE there are things I could have done differently/better. I am happy that she recovered and is back to her scrawny little lovable self again, minus a bit of trust.
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Last edited by Endiku; 05-28-2013 at 06:34 PM.