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    01-17-2013, 11:24 AM
Unhappy Need some healing prayers for my boy Red (some graphic photos -- beware!)

So I thought I'd be good to go on major injuries, since my old horse Beau has to be put down last year due to severe arthritis and since he almost cut his own foot off in a barbed wire fence when he was 5 yrs old (completely unrelated legs to the arthritis).

Well I guess not.

I go out to check on my two boys last night (Red a 2006 AQHA gelding, and Shotgun a 2011 AQHA gelding) only to find that Red has gashed open his hind left leg.

While he wasn't super expensive (I purchased him in May), he was by far the most expensive horse I myself have ever purchased. It's always the hopeful ones that hurt themselves, right?

And the timing is impeccable. I privately board with a retired couple who have 4 horses of their own and 40 acres. Since the retired couple happen to be gone this whole week, as they are helping their daughter move. They have a good friend house/dog sitting for them, who also checks on all the horses.

My boys are kept separate with their own pasture, own corral, and own shed. The keep their place absolutely immaculate. Only round metal pipes for the corral fencing, with wooden posts. A plastic heated water fountain. Plastic caps on every T post in the pasture, with smooth wire (electrified). Very, very safe place in perfect repair!

Red must have just done it that afternoon, because the house sitter said she checked them on Tuesday night and everyone was fine. A neighbor came over to give my boys a new round bale on Wednesday morning (they normally feed flakes, but while they've been gone, they switched to a round bale fed in a feeder). And then I came out Wednesday evening to find him like that. It was still dripping a spot of blood here and there, and looked fresh. So he must have done it after the neighbor changed the bale (as I know this neighbor would have noticed and would have called me, he has my number).

I do not want to mess around with things like this because I had no idea how deep it went, and Red wasn't putting ANY weight on that leg. (Thankfully he did when I was loading him on the trailer.) So off we went to an after-hours visit to the on-call vet.

I just happened to take this photo of Red on Saturday when I was out there.

This is before the vet started working on him.

A close-up after the vet worked on him. You can see that the tendon is exposed (the white vertical thing on the left of the wound). Thankfully, the vet said it wasn't really damaged so he should heal up fine. The vet could also feel that the joint capsule for the hock was intact (there was still fluid pressure in it, like there is supposed to be), so that didn't appear to be damaged. It also didn't seem to be a slice type of cut, so while the bone was basically right there, it was more of a superficial blunt injury, so hopefully the bone is fine.

And here was are in one of the stalls in the big barn for the night, as they have heated water buckets in there. My shed for them isn't equipped to have the cords hidden, so he can't stay in there.

I have NO idea what he cut himself on. The only thing that is about the right height and could have possibly hurt him was if he somehow got his back leg into the round bale feeder. There are no sharp edges on it (only squared edges) but I supposed if he yanked hard enough, it is metal, and would take off tissue and skin.

So he's on stall rest for at least the next week, with bandage changes every day. Plus antibiotics and painkillers.

The vet didn't say anything about cold hose therapy, but that would be a little unrealistic anyway since it is supposed to be -20 below over the weekend.

I will take a picture every day to watch his progress!! Will keep every one updated.

Pray for a full recovery!
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    01-17-2013, 11:31 AM
Poor boy! Prayers for a full recovery!
    01-17-2013, 11:32 AM
Green Broke
Poor guy - LOTS of healing thoughts from us and our girls!
    01-17-2013, 12:26 PM
Thanks guys.

It's just so danged hard to tell sometimes on "close quarters" to vital structures. I'm crossing my fingers (and toes!) that that tendon was truly undamaged.

I was a little put off yesterday too, because I called the Vet clinic shortly after 5:00 and was able to talk to the lameness vet initially about what I should do. He was kinda like "Well, you could clean it up and keep it wrapped. If its on the cannon bone its probably fine. Or we could suture it for you if you want to bring him in." Honestly, I felt like he was blowing it off. He's a great, great vet and all, but I wasn't real pleased with the phone consult, I guess.

A different vet was on-call, since we didn't get there until after hours. And I felt like he did a nice job. I trust his diagnosis.

So we'll see.......
    01-17-2013, 12:31 PM
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I doubt you'll ever figure out what he cut himself on. Horses are sneaky like that. Poor thing, I hope he heals well for you. I'll keep watch on your thread, please continue to post updates.
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    01-18-2013, 10:23 AM
Well, he was NOT fond of me re-wrapping his injured leg last night. I can see that this is going to be a struggle for the next 7 to 10 days.

I was really happy to see that his leg wasn't all that swollen, so that's good. He seemed in good spirits and didn't mind being in the stall too much, but I could kinda tell he would rather be outside.

I gave him his sweet feed mixed with the powder bute and antiobiotics from the vet to occupy him while I cut off the old bandage. Which of course, he managed to spill half of his feed, medicine included. At least he licked most of it off the ground, although I'm sure he ate some sand in the process (they have sand in their stalls instead of shavings or mats). Oh well! I'll have to be more careful with that next time. The bucket hook isn't as great apparently in that stall to keep it from flipping over.

I could see that the wound hadn't bled or oozed too much either, when I took the bandage off. I had a bucket of warm water from the house to wipe off what did ooze off his leg. I didn't really touch the actual wound much at all with the warm water or rag because it looked nice and clean and good.

And I guess I feel like I have always been told never to pick off any scabs or things off of the wound, because that will inhibit healing. Sound right?

Then he stopped standing nice and still. So I grabbed his halter and tied him up in the stall, next to his hay that I just gave him so he could still munch and maybe stay occupied. He was having none of it.

Right then the house sitter got there and she kinda helped me a bit. (Tonight my husband should be able to come with me and maybe help.)

I got the non-stick gauze pad with the silver sulfate ointment on it on his wound and he did not like that. I suppose that smarted a bit. I tried getting the big soft gauze pad around his leg, to start wrapping the soft brown support wrap around and he just wasn't standing still. FInally ...... once I was able to start wrapping the brown wrap, he stood nicely. Granted, my big soft gauze pad was horribly lumping, but I wasn't about to try to fix it when he was standing nice. I was going to take what I could get. And he proceeded to stand nicely for me to get the Vet Wrap on over the top of that.

Whew! Once he moved the first time, he did kind of kick his back leg out a few times, as if something was uncomfortable. I suppose it felt differnent being wrapped different???? And then he laid down for maybe 20 seconds, kinda looking at it with his head, and then stood back up again. Then he seemed to be fine. Not sure what was up with that, although I'm sure my lumpy wrap job didn't help. Grrr .... hopefully I can do better tonight.

And then later, before I left for the night, I took a glance at him to see I hadn't gotten my wrapping high enough and it was starting to fall down. Dang it!!!!! I could start to see the shaved hair area, as the bandages had slipped under his hock. I am praying the gauze pad with the medicine on it directly over the wound hadn't shifted too much. I grabbed another gauze pad to put on the shaved area, and wrapped another roll of Vet Wrap around it, and much much higher on the hock this time.

I just hope the wound pad didn't shift. It was such a battle to get it on, I didn't want to press my luck doing it again.

I snapped a couple pictures of it. It was kinda dark the way I had him tied, so it's kinda hard to see. But of course, just being day 2, it didn't look a whole lot different that yesterday (day 1).

    01-18-2013, 04:13 PM
Stupid photobucket!! Sorry folks. They deleted the "good" up close picture on my OP because they said it "violates their user policy". I'm trying to get it back......
    01-18-2013, 04:22 PM
Photobucket "deleted it in error" they told me.


So this picture belongs with my OP with this description:

A close-up after the vet worked on him. You can see that the tendon is exposed (the white vertical thing on the left of the wound). Thankfully, the vet said it wasn't really damaged so he should heal up fine. The vet could also feel that the joint capsule for the hock was intact (there was still fluid pressure in it, like there is supposed to be), so that didn't appear to be damaged. It also didn't seem to be a slice type of cut, so while the bone was basically right there, it was more of a superficial blunt injury, so hopefully the bone is fine.

    01-18-2013, 04:54 PM
Ouchies, silly things seem to enjoy hurting themselves, don't they? But it does look like a nice clean injury, so given time it should heal up nicely.

As a suggestion, if he continues to be "dance-y" have your helper hold up one of his front feet while you wrap the bad leg. It usually helps them stand still and keep the weight on the one you are wrapping. Doing that shouldn't cause any added pain since he is standing still and just balancing, and the pictures show him putting weight on it on his own.

Good luck, sending healing vibes your way!!
    01-19-2013, 09:17 AM
Well I have good news to report thisorning! He stood SO NICE for me last night!!

He even knickered when my (non-horsey) husband and I walked into the barn. Most likely because he was out of hay, but hey a girl can pretend he was actually excited to see us, haha.

So I got my supplies ready, tossed him some hay, and went to work. Didn't even need to tie him up (had his halter and lead on though). My husband just kept distracting him, hand feeding him hay. He stood perfectly for removal and application, except for greatly flinching when I applied the gauze and medicine directly to his wound.

So proud of him! He did great.

Didn't even snap any pictures because I was so appalled!

I may have to change his bandage myself tonight but we'll see how it goes.
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