Bandaging is apparently impossible. Even twitched with the other hind leg held up she just would not allow it. She now has the wound covered with the fixomull I described, and wears a neoprene tendon boot. Much easier, much less fuss... everyone is happier. She's incredibly thingy about that leg, understandably!! Very swollen today but I expected that. She's had long-acting anti-b's and also a short-acting shot, and she's on oral as well, plus we're putting medical honey on the wound, so the chances of it getting infected are very low.
Was very impressed with the vet's stitching work, this same vet stitched up another one of ours with big messy stitches a couple of years ago and the wound scarred because the stitches were so untidy but with Magic they are very small and neat and the wound came together really easily. There is one place where the skin might want to slough off but that particular spot is under a lot of pressure from the stitches so it's not unexpected.
All in all so far it's pretty textbook. Nothing is presenting differently to any other leg injuries we have dealt with though we've never dealt with anything this large before.
Our fences are frustrating... they are probably 30+ years old [Mum reckons closer to 50] and so the posts are a bit rotten, we've replaced 4 strainer posts in 2 years. We don't have proper strainers so they're not tight enough because it's just not physically possible to get them tight enough without the right equipment. Really the place needs all the fences ripped out and replaced but we don't own it, and Mum's been a carer for years so we don't have a heap of money to just throw away on a property we don't even own.
We have a mixture of post and plain wire, post and cattle mesh, and [I hate our front and boundary fences!] T-post, cattle mesh and barbed wire. One neighbour has posts and the means to dig post holes through the limestone, just wants us to pay for wire to rip out and replace the boundary fence - which is fair enough because it's the law that the fence belongs to BOTH parties and thus both parties should contribute equally to the costs. We just need to find the money.
But what Magic hurt herself on is actually the permanent hot wire we put up in the back pasture. It's not on very often because it's really hard to get power to, and the horses can take it off the standoffs. Magic did so, then got tangled in it before we realized it was down.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 11-23-2012 at 10:41 AM.