Serious Heel, foot, coronet injury :( VERY GRAPHIC BLOODY ! UPDATE: 07/09/12 !!!
Today I received an alarming call from the BO at Cin's new barn, he had injured himself. She told me not to be alarmed, he would be okay and that they already had the vet on the way. But being that she was in another state on vacation and they called a vet out before calling me...told me that there was more to it than that.
I drove out and the BO's assistant told me that somehow Cinny cut his foot, be it playing or spooking in last night's storm, I don't know. It runs down the outside of his foot diagonally and into the heel and coronet. She had it pressure bandaged and cleaned up, and had given him bute. At that time he wouldn't put any weight on his foot. I immediately gave him some of his alfalfa pellets to buffer the bute as he is recently recovering from ulcers. I went to his stall/run to figure out where he cut himself and it was impossible. There was blood everywhere...it looked like several chickens had been butchered in his run!!
The vet arrived and unbandaged him, cleaned it up and let it bleed out a little... which ended up being a lot because it turns out he hit an artery. He now has several stitches, a TON of bandaging and even more pain meds. It was determined that the cut did not hit the joint (whew) but other than that the vet doesn't know what kind of permanent damage he may have, although he thinks Cin's prognosis is good as long as we keep the infection out. There may be a chance at him developing ringbone and he also has a chance at a deformed hoof. He said he would also be a bit weak as it appears he has lost at least 3 gallons of blood!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all will turn out okay. He is on stall rest for at least 14 days. I am a big baby with this stuff so I probably won't "work" him for at least a month and then even just ground work for a while after until I know for sure he's okay.
I only have one picture. This is after the vet cleaned it our really good and he was preparing to stitch him back together. That red line is actually where his artery is squirting...
Current vets orders:
Change Wrap every 2 days using an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, vetericyn, etc.
20CC penicillian intermuscularly for 3 days
2 grains bute twice a day for 3 days
Complete stall rest for 14 days
Double dose of ulcer maintenance while on stall rest.
Right now he is wrapped up pretty good. Antibiotic ointment, then white bandaging, then brown bandage, then vetwrap, then duck tape (under hoof too). Sigh.... I just hope that he stands for it. He was easy today because he was sedated but I may need to find a twitch at some point.
He should heal up just fine. I worked at a barn a few years ago that also showed the same circuit as me. At one of the shows one of the horses sliced his foot open in a very similar spot, hitting the artery and all, except Lencho's went down in between his heel bulbs. It was a long recovery, many hours of handwalking and short walking rides. Within a few months he was back to his normal work schedule. :)
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Gads! if he had not been discovered, I wonder if he'd have bled to death? from such a small cut, but in just the wrong place. Poor fellow.
Even if he has a scar in the hoof it is not the end of the world. My mare has a terrible scar in on one hoof (bought her that way) and it has never bothered her at all. It is cosmetic.
Ringbone, well, let's hope for the best. No use to worry about something that will likely not happen. Especially if it didn't hit the joint. So stay positive and take good care of it and don't stress over worst-case-senario. I understand though, I'm the same way!
I don't think he would of bled to death. I have tangled too much with similar injuries. Like horses running through fences... -sigh-
Horses have so much blood they could bleed a river before they could die so don't worry about him losing the blood.
IN all honesty, outside wounds heal a lot faster than inside ones. Trust me, I know. >.> So I hope for a speedy recovery! It'll go just fine, I promise, just as long as you take care of him(which I know of course you will!). I'm glad he didn't tear off his foot in the process. I give you the best of luck.
Poor Cinny! Sending prayers his way, that doesn't look like it feels good at all!
I have a thread very similar to this one right now. Almost identical injuries. However the horse im watching, her injury wasnt discovered for atleast 2-3 weeks. So no stitching. Our vet put her in a cast.
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All I can say is I wish you and the kid Best of Luck and Quick Recovery
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