Walter, what did you do now?
This is what I asked myself when I got a phone call from my BO at 7 this morning. She said his leg was hurt, and I should come out, and she would call the vet. So I called into work- said I would probably make it for the afternoon, but had to go see what my horse did. I then called my mom, who thankfully was home with a sinus headache, told her what I was told, and we zipped out to the barn (I didnít have gasÖ haha). So we get there and get stuck in the drive way from all this blasted snow. Blah.
Get into the barn. Walter is standing in his stall with his head hanging out. I put his halter on and take him out of his stall. He really didnít want to move, my poor guy. Got him out, and was slightly horrified.
I searched his stall, checked his blanket- nothing he could have hurt himself on. My BO went and checked his paddock- sure enough, he did it out there. He must have gotten caught in the fence somehow. Rolling, orkicking at someone maybe? My BO said Walter came running up at dinner time to go in from the back of his pen, waited for her to grab him, and walked fine into his stall. I think he was too excited for supper to act lame. Either way, she feels really terrible she didnít notice it last night. He should be okay-The vet came out first thing, so Iím not mad at her or anything. Walter did it to himself. He is a horse of course. An accident prone oneÖ
The vet washed his leg, and poked and prodded at the tendon and bone. The tendon that runs along the front of his legÖ the name of it escapes me, is split open. The common digital extensor tendon might be the name of it. The bone is exposed- pokeable. Walter tolerated that. He did not want his leg clipped though, goofy guy. So she sedated him for that. You can see the leg is bruised and swollen. She was not able to stich it, so it is wrapped with something along the lines of furosone, but I cannot remember the name, and then wrapped in cotton and a standing wrap. He is on penicillin, and 2 grams of bute today and tomorrow, then down to 1 gram till Monday.
I have to wash and re-wrap every day. I will take photos to document his recovery.