Late coming to this thread because I have been offline for the last week for the most part.
Monty is doing very well, the swelling is about 80% gone now and the wound seems to be healing well with no sign of infection. The day after this happened he looked like he had a softball shoved up his nose underneath the cut, so I was really worried those delicate bones were broken. However, today the swelling is all but gone, so I am fairly confident the bones are not broken, but his nose is certainly badly bruised. He is being kept stalled, with daily antibiotics and a 2x daily dose of banamine for pain. The cut was not deep, but jagged and fairly large. It bled VERY heavily, as can be seen by Amarea's photo.
MM, I would have normally said the same thing except for seeing the injury site. There is no way he was stepped on to cause this injury. Monty is fleet, VERY flighty, and the thought of him getting his face stepped on is just out of the question. He is far too wary of the other horses to be close enough for it to ever happen. Best we can tell, he had been browsing among the weeds (he's a goat, I swear), and put his head down among some broken cockeburr stalks, one went under his halter noseband. Upon pressure on his halter, his normal reaction is to rear, thus gouging his face open with the broken point of the stalk. I have had a HUGE problem with rehabbing this pasture since I moved in, upon puchase of this place the pasture was about 80% thistles and cockleburrs. Now it is down to about 20% or less, but it's still a work in progress.
Keep in mind we are not talking about the small pokey heads of cockleburrs doing the damage, but a broken over stalk - when unchecked the stalks of these plants are nearly as thick and strong as small saplings. I am almost certain this is what caused the injury, as we followed the blood trail, this is where it led, and there was a pool of blood on the rock underneath the cockleburr, as well as blood, and a tuft of hair and flesh caught in the "V" of the broken off stalk.
Here is the offending cockleburr: (so watch for this in any of your pastures, guys!)
I KNOW better than to turn out a horse with a halter on. I've always known better. When this happened on Friday I was beating myself up over it. I chose to do it anyways in this circumstance with Monty, due to how difficult he can be to handle. Not a mistake I will make again.
Here he is today, hopefully well on his way to healing! He will get his stitches out in about 8 or 9 more days, if all continues to heal well. The vet did say this location on the body has a very ready blood supply, which makes injuries seem horrible and very bloody, but also means speedy and quick healing. He said he's seen many an injury worse than Monty's heal well with no scar.