Ugh Questions, Advice needed and a rant..

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        01-24-2011, 06:24 PM
    Green Broke
    Ugh Questions, Advice needed and a rant..

    First off let me just say that when bad things happen.. why does it ALWAYS all have to happen at once.

    Let me give you a quick over view of our pasture situation. We own 5 horses and we are leasing property. The people we are leasing from own 2 horses. (sparta's mom(an appy with 1 named snowflake) and a chesnut named Red) red is old and skinny and snowflake is old and skinny. Not my horses.. not much I can do.

    Our cat was recently pregnant and had kittens (4 days ago..) there were problems. We paid 320$ for a C-section and only have 1 surviving kitten..

    Charlie our newest addition has managed to cut himself above his eye. And now it's swelling. What can I do to help this? Besides giving him a penicilin shot tomorrow like I plan

    Today I checked sparta's sheath. And it's swollen on one side, about the size of a walnut. UGH so he'll probably be getting a shot tomorrow as well

    On top of ALL of this some idiot has to put their nose somewhere were it does belong and file a cruelty complaint on the horses because snowflake.. is missing and eye!!! Lord no not because she is skinny as hell. But because she is missing an eye (which she was like this way when we bought her!) so now the Animal control officer is comming out tomorrow to check them all over. And with Charlie's eye situation and Sparta's sheath.. on top of snowflakes eye.. I think we are in for it...

    On top of that my parents are beginning to have financial problems and getting short checks. We basicaly spent our grocery money so our cat could live. Now we don't have money for the vet to come out and check over the horses and i'm worried they can be taken away.

    Any advice on any of this?
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        01-24-2011, 06:44 PM
    I don't think they can take your horses away as long as you have feed,hay,shelter and fresh water. As long as you are taking care of the cut on the one horses eye and feeding them I would think its going to be ok. I know all to well about things going wrong iv had either a sick horse or injured horse every time I turn around this winter. Sorry to hear about all the problems just do the best you can let us know how it turns out. Best of luck spirit88
        01-24-2011, 06:49 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks! Definitely going to give the penicilin a go!
        01-24-2011, 07:05 PM
    You could try some kind of antibiotic ointment on the cut,that would not hurt the eye it self if it got in his eye. Not sure what that would be maybe someone else on here would know. Main thing is keep the cut clean.
        01-24-2011, 07:51 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm less worried about the cut. I know that will heal it's honestly not bad at all. It's the swelling that really has me worried. I really hope the penicilin will bring down the swelling. Maybe a warm compress? But how would I keep that on a pasture kept horse?
        01-24-2011, 08:09 PM
    Do you have any bute on hand give two grams of bute, that will take the swelling down.
    Also make sure the eye ball itself is not injured. I would try the bute it will not hurt if nothing it will help the swelling.
        01-24-2011, 08:18 PM
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    I've read that it can be really dangerous (like, deadly) to give a penicillin without the advice of a vet.
    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will come along and attest to the correctness, or not, of that. :)

    Your whole situation sounds very stressful, I'm sorry you guys are going through that right now! You'll be in my thoughts.
        01-24-2011, 08:43 PM
    Green Broke
    We've given it before just in small doses. Of course advised by a vet, and told us how much to give per 100 pounds. It's also made for livestock and horses even dogs and cats. Definitely not human penicilin though I think its' the same? Spirit. We did have some bute when we had to call the vet to cut off some proudflesh off Carmen's foot last year, not sure if we even still have that though. I don't think so, i'll definitely ask around to see if anyone around us has any. And wallaby. Thank you. It's much appreciated!
        01-24-2011, 09:21 PM
    The sheath is swolen right. Have you cleaned him out latly and cheaked for beans. I would lay down a 20 that he has a bean. Once it is out the swelling would go down. That is the only advice I can give.
        01-24-2011, 09:29 PM
    Green Broke
    Well he is only 10 months old.. I cleaned his sheath over the summer for the first time. So I really don't think it could be a bean at this early of an age.

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