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  • I am such a mess

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    08-10-2011, 09:34 PM
:( I am such a mess

Today I went to check on my boy on my break from work and he was so calm and lethargic and after giving him his hay and packing it back up to go to work.. I turned him out and noticed a huge amount of blood on his left shoulder.

After checking it, and calling two vets and every number in my phone book.. my friend came out and we washed it clean and it appeared to be a huge puncture that just kept on going..

Vet came out, after 2 hours of nothing from my regular vet (this guy just called me, I haven't met him before but he floats the horses at the place I board at..)

And he stitched Sky up and it turns out, it was a puncture an inch and a half deep, inflamed to the size of a baseball, and oozing pus. It was so terrible :(

I feel like such a mess.. He is stuck on stall rest for 2 weeks, minimum.. the barn management over there sucks, and I haven't stopped crying. It all started when he was sedated and I was holding up his head, stroking it and crying.


I just needed to vent a little. He has so much medication right now.. 18 pills a day, 500mg of bute per day, wasn't allowed to eat for 2 hours.. and stuck in the one place he loathes most: a stall.

I feel like such a bad horse mom :(
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    08-10-2011, 09:40 PM
Green Broke
Naw, you're a good horse mom. You did everything you could think of to get him taken care of. He'll be ok and that is all that matters.
Horses are some of the most accident prone critters I've ever seen.
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    08-10-2011, 09:58 PM
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He'll get better. He is a strong fella! The calmer you are, the calmer he'll be.
    08-10-2011, 10:04 PM
Thanks guys.. it just breaks my heart. Just holding his head and stroking him while he got stitches.. I could just feel him saying "mom.. I'm hurting and I'm scared..."

He just hates stalls.. the most I can do is handwalk for 10 minutes.. it's so sad :(

But you're right.. he'll get better. It'll take some time. I need to be there for him. Going to go feed him in a bit.. my friends are kindly coming along to support me since I haven't stopped crying since. The blessing in disguise is he has time to gain weight without being chased off :)
    08-10-2011, 10:28 PM
I know how you feel and it happens to all of us at some point. Year ago, our mare Lady came walking up to the gate with a huge flap of skin torn from her flank that took 30 stitches to sew back. The vet, our friends, and us looked over every inch of the paddock looking for blood or hair to find where she hurt herself...and could not find nothing at all....boy does that make you feel helpless and guilty. However, 10 days later stitches came out and 4 weeks later she was back on the trail like nothing had happened.
Hang in there...every day he'll be getting better.
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    08-11-2011, 02:43 AM
Thanks PaintHorseMares... I'm glad she turned out okay!
    08-11-2011, 09:36 PM
I HATE it when my critters get sick or injured! I always feel like a Terrible Cat/Dog/Parrot/Whatever Mom! I totally know what that is like - you think "I am responsible for this [insert type of life-form here] and if something goes wrong, it is on my head!"

I am so sorry this happened. I do not have my own horse yet, but I know that no matter how many times I am told that a horse alone in a padded rubber room WILL find some way to injure itself or tear its skin...I am sure that I will feel ABSOLUTELY terrible when it happens anyway.

*I* know you are not a Terrible Horse Mom, because a Terrible Horse Mom would NOT have even KNOWN that her horse managed to put a hole in himself, and even if she did notice it, she'd say "Bah. That will heal up itself, I don't need to call a vet. Pooh." and when the hole got infected, the Terrible Horse Mom would be all over HorseForum trying to find some way to keep from calling the vet even then.

So, you are definitely not the Terrible Horse Mom, but my guess is, no matter how many people tell you this, you will think "This is true, but...this is MY horse...I should have [figured some way to keep him safe]".

So, I will just say this: big hugs. Your boy will get better, this will all be OK. You would not be feeling this way if you were not tremendously responsible, and you would not feel this way if you did not love your boy from the bottom of your heart. This pain is the price of that love, and, as dreadful as it is, it is probably a Good Thing. More hugs.
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    08-11-2011, 09:40 PM
You are an excellent owner! You even check on your horse on your break from work, & saved him from further infection by doing so. Remember, you can't wrap them in bubble wrap, although I am thinking of inventing some sort of protective sealant for them!
    08-12-2011, 01:23 AM
Thanks guys... it has been hell on wheels from boarding barn management and a lot of buckets of tears, but everything is alright for now.. have to sort of some stuff in the morning regarding the fact they took my horse OUT of stall rest without saying a word.. :/

I really appreciate all of your support.. feeling helpless sucks.

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