My horse got cut in his back knee by goucho, possibly to the joint, Any Advice? *PICS
I allowed my 3 year old halter horse out in the yard to graze... (there was lots of green grass there and in their pasture right now they dont have much but they do have free choice hay), I knew better since I had another gelding in an adjacent pasture from his and only goucho wire (since this happened I have had all of my fences re-done in horse wire) seperating him from the yard, but since I was outside, I figured it would be okay and I could keep an eye on him. I went inside for a few minutes to grab the phone and when I came out I saw Bakers back leg. It was cut very badly. I immediately called the vetout. She lives about 45 minutes from me, but as soon as she got there she started cleaning it and assessing the damage. She said she was pretty sure it had cut him to the joint. She pulled out shredded pieces for me to see (Im guessing it was ligament). She said something sbout the upper ligament fusing to the lower and something about the synovial fluid... I cant really remember because I was so upset. The surgery to "attempt" to fix the damage was going to be $6,000, so I asked for an alternative. She cleaned it the best she could (which was very thorough), she put in a drain, then stitched it up and injected Amiken directly into the joint...Also she wrapped him with alot of stuff which we have to rewrap and clean everyday. 3 days later she came back and Baker was not doing well at all. He was in ALOT of pain and there was ALOT of swelling. The two days before he was sore, but still bearing weight on it, and no swelling, then on day 3 youd have thought he was going to die. She took out the drain, recleaned, gave him another Amiken injection, and said it looked like he was not going to recover. The next day all the swelling was gone again, he was putting even more weight on it and acting like his normal self again... Since then (it happened last friday, so this is day 8) he has had some minor swelling off and on, I gave him 5 days of genacin in the beginning along with penicillin and he is still getting the penicillin. And he is really seeming to improve, except he is getting mad because he hates being kekpt in the stall. My question is, Does anyone know of anything else I can do to help him recover or improve his chances because I know we are still not out of the woods. I am worried sick about him and feel helpless. Thanks for any advice.