On Wed night my mare April was found in the run-in shed with her holding her back leg up and blood running everywhere. We are thinking that she got into it with a pasture mate and kicked through the shed wall... wood and tin (we know she kicked through the wall since there was blood and a hole.)
She lost a lot of blood and sliced herself deep into the pastern, through a section of the cornet band, and into the hoof. We even found a chunk of tissue in the shed. You could easily stick two fingers into the cut.
The vet came out right away and was able to stop the bleeding and sew her up to keep her stable through the night. Yesterday I took her into the clinic where she had surgery to wire her hoof back together and then they casted everything up.
I am going to be picking her up today and she will be on a 4-8 week stall rest (the range in time is dependant on how well she heals). The vet said that the most movement out of the stall she will be able to do is to go into the cross ties while we clean the stall. I have already talked with the barn owner and she owns 6 horses she each horse will spend one night a week in the barn with April and throughout the day we will open the top of the dutch door so she can look out and get some air and sun. I got her a nibble net to hopefully slow down her hay eating throughout the day.
I am worried about two main things though... I will have to cut her grain way down now that she wont be moving (I do not want colic, founder, or heavy weight gain). What supplements are recommended to keep her healthy? Also what to do about the attitude? She already can get a bit crabby and now that she is in pain and will be locked up Im worried she will get really bad. How does one go about helping make things better?
I have been very lucky in my horse career and have only had one other horse that required more then normal vet care. However she wasnt on pure stall rest and could be walked around 3 times a day at 20 minutes a time.
Thanks everyone for in advance for the help... it has been a rough couple of days