Hello, I am new to this forum and new to owning horses! I was obsessed with horses as a young girl and teenager, took lessons whenever I could scrape the money together. And now have finally been able to realize a long time dream.
A month and a half ago I got my first horse, Bolt. (my boys named him) He turned 1yo the day I got him. Had NOT intended my first horse to be so young, but the poor baby was homeless after tornados took out his previous owners fencing and barn. As well as killed the other horses, this young man jumped the fence and survived. Had a minor injury to his back foot that healed nicely. We did also end up getting the perfect beginner/first time horse as well. She is a 15yo 16hh Fox Trotter that was used as a therapy horse for handicap kids. I am in heaven with these two. :) But, as much as I thought I knew, I am finding I know next to nothing and things continually pop up.
The latest is it looks like my poor baby Bolt has pigeon fever. I am 75% sure he does. Will call the vet in the morning. His chest has an uneven mass that is getting tender.
I have been researching treatment and care. My problem is how contagious it is. The only way I have to seperate my horses once it is lanced is putting him in our round pen. Is that good enough? We do not have a barn as of yet. They have one pasture with a good 3 sided shed, that's it. Will I be looking at boarding at the vet for 1-2 months? I am praying not, as fate would have it we got into horses and my husband got laid off. I can scrape up vet costs, but not sure about long term boarding.
Another concern is the daily care. I am an RN, it won't make me squeamish to care for the abcess. But, being new to owning horses I have realized it is a lot more intimidating handling them as an adult who fears for their mortailty than a fearless teenager who has experienced people around whenever a horse is being handled. (which was my case, not saying that is the case for all fearless teens out there!) I am overcoming fears very fast and can confidantly do normal every day things. But I am concerned that cleaning a wound will hurt him, causing him to act out, and I won't know what to do...So, is it painful for them to have a wound like that cleaned?
Thank you for any tips or advice.