I got conned into going to the sale, which i've only done a total of 6 times in my life, most of which occurred when I was a little girl going with my great grandfather.
This was a large horse sale, 75% of the horses there were buggy horses, most local amish horses.
I've been looking for a trail horse, and there were very few riding horses, but I took a gander around. Nothing caught my eye really, and most horses were selling for a pretty penny. Kinda like a car auction for us, was what was going on there today lol
The horses in the kill pen I was able to shy away from, I didn't pay much attention because I didn't want to pay attention!
There was one horse in a dark corner near the kill pen that wasn't attracting anybody's attention. I walked past her and gave her a pat on the head and she softened her eye and gave me "the" look. I felt something instantly. I don't know if it was a sign, because from where I was standing I couldn't see anything but the horses head. I walked around to get into the pen with her, and I walked right back out. She was torn up severely, gaping open wounds and I just didn't want to even let myself think about it.
I sat down at the sale for a little bit with my friend I was with, they sold the few riding horses that were there. The horse dealer/meat buyer was pointed out to me as he bought a crazy/young Perch filly. I cringed. Then in came that poor poor mare I had seen. They had no info, besides what was on her intake form and it said "Male saddle horse 2 yrs". This horse isn't male, so shows how accurate any of that info is. Nobody would bid on her, not even the broker for whatever reason. She started off at $10, I got nudged in the ribs until I finally bid. From there, it ended up a short but intense battle between me and the dealer. At that point, I couldn't let him win. I was in for the long haul!
That's the end of my long story, and this is the point of my post.
I'll let the pics do most of the talking, but she's got the obvious really bad partially healed wound by her knee and a fluid filled/swollen knee and beyond. She also has a lot of very old healed lacerations and some not-so-old, and half her eyelid is gone.
Most pressing is the really bad wounds on her left front. I did warm compresses and got some dark red blood to start to seep out, it was kinda chunky at times. We've got a ways to go.
I don't have experience with something that wasn't taken care of properly, I really don't know if I want to call the vet for this until I see what I can do for her here. I have antibiotics (injectable and oral), pain meds, etc etc on hand.
Thoughts? Wrap? Don't wrap? I had wrapped it to apply pressure and get some of that crap out where it had started to seep out, but she got it off within moments, so I don't even know if wrapping there will be possible. I've only had her a few hours and had to go out this evening, but i'm hoping to be able to do more for her tomorrow.
You can pass the sucker stamp at any time!