Elwood has a terrible laceration in his mouth, through the bar on the left side and a large open wound on the bottom of his mouth. I feel terrible about it as it was my fault.
I had a box of corn and went down the aisle peeling back the husks far enough to break off the ear and giving the horses one each. I work off board by doing the evening feed, water, and turn-out. The box then had a bunch of husks, some with the sharp stems pointing up.
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Later that evening I left him within reach of the box and he went for them, one of the stems made this horrible cut. I got a picture of the outside, but could see it went all the way into the floor of his mouth too.
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There was not hardly any bleeding, just slight pink slobber the next day. I kept it rinsed with a shower setting on a hose nozzle, and it didn't seem to be causing pain, affect his appetite, or become infected. I thought it was improving, but a week or so later there was pink slobber again. He does have a bad case of the slobbers from clover this year. Then for a couple of weeks seemed better, and I thought healing was going well. Then again blood and a lot more of it this time.
So the Vet came and tranquilized him
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To get the speculum (sp) on and a good look at it. The bleeding is from the wound on the floor of his mouth, which is still open and is granulating.
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He is to have no hard food for 2 - 4 weeks, and I am to email the Vet a picture in 2 weeks. All grain and hay is to be soaked in water. Outside grass is ok as it is soft enough. So hay has been poking it open, I should have thought to soak it all along.
So my question is about soaking hay, she said just to put some in a muck bucket, cover it with water, and give it to him. He doesn't like it. How long should I leave it? Should I throw what is left out every morning and evening? Should I go at noon and change it? Should I start soaking hay in the evening and feed it the next morning? Should I get a bag of hay cubes instead of using flakes off a bale?
Thanks for any replies, I've always heard to be careful not to leave stray hay in water buckets because germs grow fast, now I'm told to soak it.
One last pic of doped up Elwood hanging his head over his stall gate to hold himself up.
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