On Thursday I was riding my mare on the trail when the gal I was riding with mentioned that Autumn was bleeding. She never flinched or anything so I wouldn't have known.
We turned around and went back to the barn and that's when I realized just how badly she was cut.
She sustained a deep, long vertical gash on the cannon
She left this puddle of blood within minutes as I took her tack off.
I grabbed the hose and started bathing the gash with the cold water as I called the barn owner to find out her address so I could call the vet. (the other gal took the tack off her horse and left me) Thankfully, the cold water slowed the bleeding while I waited for the vet.
She had hunks of torn skin hanging from it so I gently took them off. What a good horse she is, she stood there as I hosed the leg and took off the hanging flesh. The white stuff is torn flesh.
The barn owner rushed home from where she was and thought it best to apply a pressure bandage since the bleeding would stop and then start up again if she moved.
The vet finally arrived and praised us for using a pressure bandage and didn't want to stitch since there isn't a whole lot of skin on that part of the leg. He smeared furacin on a cotton bandage and bandaged the leg.
Then he gave her a couple of antibiotic shots and a shot of Bute. She's on stall rest for a week and he'll come out Monday to take the bandage off and re-evaluate on whether or not to re-bandage it.
All that blood was a bit daunting to see, but thankfully the branch or whatever it was she cut herself on didn't cut anything vital.