Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Diego, California
Did I do the right thing?
On Monday evening as Honey and I were leaving to join some frinds for a ride Honey slipped in the trailer and ended up with a decent cut just above her left eye. Since it was after hours I brought her to the vet the following morning to have it cleaned properly and get some antibiotics and topical (Vetricyn). The vet decided against stitches due to the small opening and rather deep pocket and instructed me to clean it twice a day and not to allow it to scab over (so it heals from the inside out) and getting out any fluid I could.
Tuesday evening and Wed morning she was very tolerant of me cleaning her up and dressing the wound, but on Wed night things went down hill. I'm afraid she now has some issues with being tied =( She pulled back and broke a snap (getting herself free) on Tuesday and has tried it again once since, while I had her in her rope halter & lead. She put up a pretty good struggle- ended up pulling the halter off her head. Luckily she didn't damager herself too badly. She had one hairless strip down her cheek, but no broken skin. Once she was loose she started to trot off, but came straight back to me when I called her and allowed me to put the halter back on.
I spent a good while with her yesterday (immediately after) working on tying. First I held the lead by hand and followed her with the spray bottle of vetracyn (which is what initially set her off) maintaining pressure on the lead and waited for her to stand still and drop her head. I took away the spray bottle when she would stop and waited for her to then drop her head. Lather rinse repeat, repeat, repeat. Once she was accepting that and keeping her head down I moved to tying. I don't have a tie ring, but emulated the same set up with my long line by wrapping it around a post and back over itself once. It would give out slowly when she pulled back the same way the a ring does. She did really well with it thankfully, actually only tried to pull back a couple of times, and they were half hearted attempts at that.
By the time we were finished she stood quietly tied (still not hard tied just to be safe, but there was a good amount of pressure and if she were to pull back it would have felt as though she were tied, but would have been able to pull the line through should she really panic) and allowed me to clean her face up (even draining the pocket above her eye) and spray the verticyn on it.
She was relaxed and mellow after everything was all said and done, so hopefully I handled it appropriately. I nearly quit after her initial explosion, fearing I might make things worse, but I had to get her cut cleaned, and just couldn't end like that. I really want to be sure to nip this in the bud.
Whew... sorry that got a little long winded! Any advice anyone can offer would be much appreciated! Thanks if you were able to make it through al of that, I hope it made sense!