My OTTB arrived last weekend. Due to him having no social skills we kept him by himself for a few days and then he has been turned out with some other horses and ponies and everything was going fine until yesterday.
When I arrived at the yard he had just been in a fight...a very one sided fight because he did not fight back...he just stood and let it happen. He didnt even know to move away from the lashing hooves and bared teeth. He is about 16.1hh and the pony that did this is about 14hh.
His back leg has a nasty gash on it and the other back leg he is resting but there is no swelling. His front leg however was kicked in the shoulder and is swollen to about 3 times the size.
Unfortunately he is being treated for ulcers so giving him bute is not good for the ulcers so he only had it last night to give him some immediate relief. We have been forced to just keep hosing the legs down and treating the open cuts and putting an external ointment for the swelling on his front leg. Today he will be seen by the vet to check its just bruising and then will have to start walking to help the swelling...he is putting weight on it and will walk but only if he HAS to.
...im just SO upset. I know he needs to learn these social skills but in the meantime I can't have him getting hurt all the time. I also can't keep him all alone or he will never learn. He is on box rest now and is terribly frustrated because all he wants to do is go out to his new found freedom.
Besides that Im just devastated knowing he is hurt. He went for his first outride on Saturday and did so well. He lead the whole way, never spooked at a thing (cars, ATVs, Bicycles, people, dogs and other horses) and now he is stuck in a box and can't be ridden