Separation time for damage control
The fighting between my two geldings continues and so do the injuries. Every day there is new blood on Koolio, my Arab gelding. When I look out in the pasture, the boys act like best friends, but clearly when we are not home, or not looking, they are at each other.
This morning Koolio has a deep cut on the side of his neck. It is all the way through the skin and enough that I considered taking him in to get it stitched. It's not bleeding much, the vet is closed today, and I don't know how long ago it happened (early this morning or sometime last night), so it won't get any stitches. I have cleaned and dressed it with Polysporin and hope it won't leave much of a scar. Along with the multiple cuts he has on his face and body, he also has a deep one on the underside of his jaw that I have been flushing and treating daily. It looks like it may have abscessed a bit, but is draining well and finally starting to heal. Again, this was caused by the fighting.
I was off work most of this week for fall break, and so have been spending time working with Koolio to get him over being so head shy and mistrustful. He used to love me to rub his forehead and face, and now with all the cuts and being static zapped a few times, I can barely catch him, never mind touch his face. His cut under his jaw is also painful and in need of treatment, so this isn't helping our relationship much either.
Fortunately, I do have 2 pastures and was able to put Sam (the old guy) in the second pasture. This isn't ideal since winter is approaching fast and getting water to him will be a challenge. The run in shed in that pasture is also full of hay and fenced off, so he doesn't have a shelter. There is adequate wind break and he usually doesn't go under the shed anyways. If needed, I will blanket him.
This whole situation is so frustrating and saddening. I love both horses dearly, but Koolio is my baby and I hate seeing him get hurt. Even worse, the very strong bond we had is fading fast. I am hoping that by separating the two of them things will improve. As soon as I moved Sam over the fence this morning, Koolio followed me all over. I don't know if he "knows" I am trying to protect him, or if he is curious as to why Sam is out. At any rate, things have to get better soon. Any other ideas would be appreciated!