The close ups were taken 3 days after the incident, the last one about a month or so later, didn't have any closeups of the "healed" wound. It happened back in March of this year. She decided to jump over the metal muck bucket holder, strategically placed in front of her gate, and managed to catch her hind leg in it. She dragged the cart for a few feet before untangling herself, and as she was still very skittish, it took a few minutes to catch her, and it took another minute or two to realize that she had done more than tweak her leg. She managed to sever a minor vein, and basically filet the top layer of her skin away from the rest of her leg. At first glance, it just looked like a minor cut that just needed to be wrapped, but after walking her up towards the wash rack, I decided that I was going to play it safe and call the vet, because it just was bleeding more and longer than I thought it should have. He also thought at first glance that it wasn't much, though he did say right of the bat that she got a vein. He has to sedate her twice, because it took half an hour just to clean the wound out. She got seven stitches, and strict orders not to move her anymore than necessary. While he was cleaning the wound, he showed me exactly how close she had come to severing the main artery in the hock. You could see the artery in the back of the wound. She's still got a persistent scab on the top of the wound, and I've had my vet look at it a couple of times, and he's said just to leave it alone. http://www.horseforum.com/attachment...1&d=1291526411 http://www.horseforum.com/attachment...1&d=1291526467 http://www.horseforum.com/attachment...1&d=1291526492 http://www.horseforum.com/attachment...1&d=1291526511
My horse's injury is really gross...it's like kim_angle's horse's, only worse looking. Thankfully my mare never hit any tendons.
We didn't even find her until the next day, and she wasn't weight bearing for 4 days if I remember right. She was two at the time, and she is currently 5 and doing just great after so many hours hosing, dabbing, hand walks and stretches to keep her shoulder mobile.
First two are the day we found her. 3rd is almost 2 months later and the last is just a little over 3 months later. You can see the major lack of muscle in that picture, that's what took a year to gain back to the point of being comfortable to start her under saddle again.
WOW!!! This is almost the exact spot where Comanche got hurt. Amazing recovery and I am SO happy to see it look so good in just a few months time. Thank you for sharing these photos.
My daughter's paint gelding seems to have to have an annual injury and one year, while out in the pasture playing at night, he must have reared up and gone over. I found him in the morning, standing over by the fence and when I fed, he didn't come over which was unusual becauase he's the boss. Then I noticed he was breathing funny, his flanks were sucked up and his hocks were all skinned up. When we could finally get him in a trailer safely, about 3 wks later, the x-rays showed that he had snapped off 4 of his wither spines, about 3-4 inch pieces..... we had to elevate his food and water, give him major bute and the chiro came out and gave us exercises to keep his neck and shoulders limber. He may have snapped his shoulder blade too but the bone is too thin to show up on x-rays, either way his left shoulder is still a little enlarged. His withers now look funny but he is totally functional again, jumping, doing dressage, playing in the pasture and scaring me again!
Here he is with withers, playing in the sprinklers-