Large Gash, Front Leg -- Suggestions?!
Okay, so this morning I woke up unusually early. Went out to see Cerra at about 9:20 a.m. instead of waiting until this afternoon.
The farmyard is kind of bare, and I had her new rope halter so I was pretty pumped to use it. Go to the gate and call her. Up she comes... and then I see this gash on her lower knee. Blood doesn't really irk me, but I guess when it's your horse it's different.
So, I go flying over to the house. Barn Manager isn't home. Tear around the yard because I know jack about anything more advanced than basic first aid, let alone horse first aid. The elderly guy is more than willing to help and he gets me some clean old rags [never used, brought out that morning]. We call the Barn Manager, she's in Winnipeg and will be about an hour. Okay, calm down, get her into the round pen and ready a pail of warm water to try and clean her wound. There's mud and algae in it, and it's a pretty deep and clean gash. About 2-2.5 inches long and three fingers wide going \. For being a water-phobe, she accepted the cleaning with minimal fuss and let me touch it. She can walk on it, so there's no bone injury. It's just really ugly, and I'm wondering if any other boarders have ever experienced such alarming wounds?
The BM comes home and we finish cleaning/sterilizing the wound. Then it's some iodine spray and baking powder to be applied every day. Okay, less worry. I'm considering calling a vet, however I would have to discuss it with my husband because it is his payday that just passed. The BM says that if it were her horse, she wouldn't call a vet. "It will just heal by itself and leave a bump." Then she contradicts herself and says her friend will be out soon and that if the friend thinks the skin tag [look at your top thumb digit] needs to be removed, THEN I should call a vet and it will be expensive. Do I call the vet or not?!
The other thing, is how fresh could it be? The BM says that "she was fine an hour before you came, they were playing in the pasture" but when I got there, there was no blood [only some dried on her nose] and the wound was kind of pinkish, like it had been semi-healing. Cerra is such a trooper, I don't think she realizes her knee is skinned... But opinions please! I'm so nervous about this! :(