My horse got into a fight on the playground. He might as well have bitten another one of the kids in pre-school.
For one reason and another, he's had a turnout paddock to himself for the last month or so. The barn owner is pretty big on having the horses turned out with one or more paddock buddies, because she says that this is natural for horses and good for them, and that if they spend too much time alone they get neurotic and maladjusted. I'm OK with this.
But my guy, he's AWFUL. The barn owner has been waiting to try him in turnout with different paddock buddies until she has a whole day or so at the farm to keep an eye on developments. First, he got put out with an elderly mare, and he bullied her! Then he got put out with a totally herd-bound gelding, and they got into a screaming match. Then he got put out with a couple of other geldings - that was yesterday afternoon.
When I came to the barn this afternoon, he was out in the paddock with one of the other geldings, and was behaving very badly! He kept running at the other horse, making aggressive postures, etc. When I went into the paddock, my horse looked like he was screening me from the other horse, and wouldn't let the other one approach me.
Then I found out - it took a while because he was wearing his raincoat - that he'd gotten into a HUGE fight yesterday afternoon and had a scrape on his shoulder from it. (The barn owner mentioned this to me, it's not like I got it as a surprise). So I'm putting betadine on it and inspecting it, and thinking, hey, that's U-shaped, what could have done that, and I realized, he got kicked! And since he was kicked on the front of the shoulder, he must have been facing the butt of whatever horse kicked him, and I'd be willing to bet $20 that he was in the process of trying to bite that horse on the butt when he got kicked.
So, OMG, my horse is a Delinquent. Any minute now and he's going to start sneaking cigarettes in the back of the paddock and get a tacky tattoo. I am mortified. I know that horses need the social time, and I know that it can be kind of alarming as they sort out their differences, but still...it is my horse that is the Bully.
I feel responsible for this, even though I know it is not somehow my fault (it can't be, because he's been like this for longer than I've known him). Still I am mortified.
Also, now he has this huge scrape on his shoulder. It took his hair off! Right down to the skin, and I think some of the skin peeled off too! He is not bleeding, though. The barn owner (she loves him, which is a good thing considering how badly he is behaving at the moment) says that this scrape is "nothing". She wasn't dismissing my concerns, but putting them into perspective, but I still feel like OMG My baby!! All scraped up!!!
At the risk of injecting common sense into this (like, why bother, given all this histrionic drama?) what's the best way to treat an injury like this? I sprayed it with Banixx and put some vitamin E oil on it. I have a brand new horse first aid kit that is full of oddball things that I don't really know what they're for. The Smartpak girls said it was a good idea, and I checked the Health thread about the vet kits, and most of this stuff is on the lists there, so I HAVE the gear, but I don't know the best way to deploy it. Any suggestions? Clearly this is a first for me!