Today we had a snow day because it's around -15 with the windchill. I slept in for once and ended up going out to feed the horses around noon. When my sister went out around 3:30 to clean her stall she noticed Excel was limping a bit.
Excel....the one who pulled a few shoes shortly after bringing home.
Excel....the one wo had an abcess and had to be laid off for 8 weeks until we could find a farrier to put his shoe back on.
We thought he was doing better and I started to ride him again, until today's saga. My mom wasn't home so I went out to the barn and brought Excel out into the aisle, cross-tied him to look at him. He was really sensitive to his back end, the right rear hock was swelled quite a bit and most of the leg was swelling as well. There was also a cut several inches above the hock on the inside of the leg, and old blood dripping down the leg. I called my mom who called the vet and in the meantime I wrapped it with a clean cloth and a hay string so it didn't continue to bleed.
Vet came an hour and a half later, and I went to the barn to help her. She gave Excel a sedative for pain and cleaned the wound out. She said the leg was swollen and teh cut was pretty deep, I think she said she could feel bone if she pressed. While she was explaining how to treat it for the next few days (banamine, bute) I blacked out. Hearing went, sight went, almost fell over, knees wobbled. Sat down and tried to clear my head, came back to consiousness and went inside. I have no idea WHY I passed out, I have 3 times before but all three times were from pain, and while it was freezing, I wasn't in pain! Nor was I weird from looking at the cut; I've seen absolutely horrific pics of injuries and it's never bothered me....this wasn't even bad lol.
So, vet's coming out the next 2 days to give him an IV, says it was a cut from last night or so (it was an older cut, she said) and was infected, which is why it swelled. He'll hopefully be rideable (again) soon, everything's going to be okay! Lol. I'll try to get some pics up in the horse health section.
Kudos if you read everything!