update on the mare
My daughter called off and on during the vet visit and while the sheriff was there. She was told by the sheriff that she could not shoot the dogs in a residential neighborhood. The owners of the dogs were standing there, saying " I am so sorry, but I bet a mountain lion got her" Of course this was during the day in a neighborhood. Then the young man said" they are my inlaws dogs and she let them out" It won't happen again, blah blah blah. They know that their dogs did it, as a matter of fact, one of them will jump the fence and chase my granddaughter and her dog down the road. My daughter told them in front of the sheriff, keep your f***ing dogs at home. They said" oh we will keep them chained".. So, sounds like that will be a battle.
Anyway, the vet worked on the mare until midnight, sewed up what he could on the front leg, then put a bandage on it. The back leg at the fetlock is very very swollen, my daughter if afraid it is broken. I talked to the vet on the phone and he said she does put a slight bit of weight on it, it bends the correct way, but is so swollen. There are no cuts on the fetlock, some up higher on the hock. She will put the tip of the hoof down, and did kick the vet when he tried to treat the cuts. She will rest it on the top of the hoof/fetlock. I am hoping it is just sprained or twisted, but that was all they could do last night
I told my daughter to see what was happening with her in the morning, see if she wants to eat, move, etc. I told her she will be swollen and sore, but she should show some attempt at moving with that leg. A friend who has barrel horses will come by this morning(she worked the graveyard shift last night) and they will look her over. The husband will be home this morning also.
I told her the cuts and tears will heal, the leg will be the issue. If she is attempting to walk on it this morning and eating, etc then I would give her some time. If she is down or refuses to put weight on the leg, etc then she knows it is only fair to put her down. Its hard to judge in the dark, the mare was eating last night, etc.
Will update when I can today, I am heading to dog shows, but will bring my laptop with me.