Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
My horses ability to injure himself, again.
I'm sure some of you may have noticed me not being around on the forum much recently. And I have a very large update to write about Chinga. As some of you know, he is one of the most accident prone horses on Earth.
We have had terrible weather here and our whole paddock goes underwater and turns to clay like mud. Anyway, the whole paddock had cleared up very nicely and there was a small amount of clay left, Chinga had a shoe which was coming loose - the farrier was coming out to replace them the next day. Of course, Chinga had other plans. He managed to have pull his shoe off, and put it into the bottom of his hoof (for those who don't know, this is the second time he has done this). My friend found him very lame, and called me.
I arrived, vet came out immediately and she said that it was very wide/deep and we were questioning if it had touched the bone or not. So, we gave him a few injections, bandaged it up and put him in overnight. She said she would be back early the next morning to check on him, we came to the conclusion that it had missed the bone (however, only by millimeters) and that I would need to keep him in, give him penicillin daily and she would come out and give him a course of antibiotics for the next four days.
The weather, deciding to be unhelpful, literally rained for almost a month straight making EVERYTHING soaking wet.
After two weeks of being kept in, he began going crazy from not being outside/with the other horses. So, I was allowed to put him in a small pasture by himself. He was happy and it healed much quicker since he was no longer pacing around in a small space and happily grazing. Two weeks later, we decided to put his shoes back on and put him out with the rest of the horses - although, still keeping him bandaged. Putting his shoes on would mean that the wound would be kept off the ground.
Although, THE DAY (Saturday last week), we were going to put shoes back on. Chinga managed to stand on a hoofpick out in the paddock (He is kept out with 20 other horses, the matter of someone leaving a hoof pick in the middle of the paddock has been dealt with) and open up his wound, worse than it had originally been. It poured out with blood for literally ten minutes and he was very sore. We got back in contact with the vet and she said that we would be back at square one.
So now, it has been a week since he reopened the wound and he seems to be rather happy. He hobbles around a little, but seems bright and clear of infection. There will still be many weeks of bandaging and no work ahead of us.
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