Well, I haven't update this thread in a while, because Red has not been with me!
He's spent the last 3+ weeks with a reining trainer, learning to be softer in the bridle, and to travel more balanced at the trot, and to learn the very basics of a spin and a flying lead change. I was up there for a lesson last week Sunday, and he's coming along. I'll be going up again tomorrow for a lesson, and then for a lesson on Saturday before I bring him home!
When I saw him last week, his wound seemed to look about the same. The trainer had been putting some salve on it almost every day but............
SHE RUBBED RUBBED RUBBED IT ON.
Doing precisely what my vet said NOT to do. (regarding physically RUBBING the wound)
I honestly didn't even realize she had been rubbing, until it had been a minute or so and she was still down there by his wound. After she was done, I asked her if she always rubbed it like that. She said yes. I told her what my vet told me. She disagreed, saying that vets always disagree about rubbing a wound. (I even told her about cold hosing, and she said the same thing; that vets disagree on it.) She said she wouldn't do it if I did not want her to, and I asked her not to, but I guess I was kinda blown away that she still listened to the "old fashioned" vets.
My vet is newly out of school, and newly finished a residency at a very respected Texas Equine Hospital. I trust her 100% with what she says.
So...... I will be interested to see what his wound looks like tomorrow when I see him.
I'll certainly get some pictures on here soon.
The good news is that the swelling has become less and less! Now we just need to get that skin to finish healing over, and maybe by the end of the year we'll have hair!