I have some orphaned kittens that I've been trying to get rid of and a friend of mine wanted one so I agreed to meet her at Indy's tonight so she could pick one out (the kittens are in the barn). After we messed with the kittens, my friend asked to see the horses. We went out into the pasture and were petting Stiffler. Monty is Stiffler's shadow and I noticed him on the other side of Stiffler. When Stiffler moved his butt, all I saw was red. Monty's nose was covered in blood. I freaked.
I started calling Indy back to back as I didn't know how else to reach her or if she was even home (I hadn't looked when I came in). When she answered I asked her if she knew he was hurt. She said they had just gotten done riding less than 2 hours prior so it had to have happened within that time frame.
We brought him in and Indy cleaned it up. We knew he was going to need stitches. She called her vet and he couldn't make it so I called mine. He was already on a call so it was going to take him awhile. We headed into the pasture to see what he had gotten injured on. Of all the stuff in the pasture that could have hurt him like that, it ended up that he had gotten stuck on... get this... A COCKLE BURR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The stalk of the cockle burr was snapped about a foot from the ground but because it was still green, it didn't actually break apart. It just bent down. It looks as if it may have went into the side of his rope halter and broken as it was stuck thru there which would have caused him to panic. We're not sure if the cockle burr is actually what cut him or if it was the halter being jerked around.
It took the vet about 2 hours or so to show up but he finally did about 8:30. He sedated Monty and stitched up his nose. He said it's possible Monty broke the bone but there is nothing the can be done if he did. Monty was VERY tender around that area and had a lot of swelling too. My thought was if he panicked when that burr broke, the part that didn't break could have been repeatedly poking him in the nose. Even as sedated as he was, when the vet touched that area of his nose, he reared up. About made me wet myself LOL as I wasn't expecting it!
The vet also took a peek at his teeth and said he's getting close to 4 which matches what Indy was told when she got him. I just feel so bad for poor Monty... That boy can't see to catch a break!
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Here is the photo of his nose right after the vet numbed it up. I will see if I can get the others off my phone.