Two weeks ago my horse came in with a small cut on the front right, just under the chestnut. The cut itself was about 2.5-3cm long and looked fairly fresh. I cleaned it with betadine and decided to ride him because he looked completely sound and I figured that the movement might prevent some swelling. After the ride, I cold hosed the leg just to be on the safe side.
The next day we had a 12 mile set speed race. Once again, he was completely sound and the leg was not swollen. We completed the ride with all A's. The next morning though was a different story. We were going to do another 12 miler, but his leg was swollen from above the chestnut to the top of the fetlock.
We took him to the treatment vet who gave him a shot of banimine, gave me a bottle of liquid sulfa with orders to give him 20cc's twice daily for 4 days. That day we brought him home where he stayed in a stall for those 4 days, was hand walked for an hour daily, and had his leg poulticed.
On the 5th day, our barn owner decided to call the vet out for my horse because the swelling had still not completely subsided. My regular vet told us that the sulfa had done its job, but it had not killed the stronger bacteria. He was then put on penicillin injections every other day for 8 days. Our vet also told me that I can ride him as per normal as long as he is sound, which he has been except of the day after the race.
Today, my mom called me to let me know that his leg is now swollen again, after the swelling had come down dramatically, and has a pretty good limp going. She told me that she was calling the barn owner and that the vet was coming out in the morning.
So... That was A LOT of info. I guess I just need to hear a second opinion. I feel like I've done something really wrong, and that I'm the reason he's lame and swollen again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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