Originally Posted by Abigail Joanna View Post
This is the whole story. Photos included. I spent over $300 on her and now cannot likely afford another bill like that. She seems to feel no pain from it and I'm keeping it clean. Any thoughts are appreciated.
I clicked on your link but all I see is one side-profile photo and one blurry up close photo that I can't really see anything with. I'm sorry, but I don't know that anyone can help you with photos like that.
So.... curious, what did you want this vet to do? Sounds like you are unhappy. If the vet is right, and it is a puncture, what would you want him to do differently? You cannot stitch or suture a pucture. You must leave it open to drain. And yes, you want to do antibiotics to avoid infection complications. You also don't want to go "fishing" in a wound if you have no reason to believe anything is still lodged in there. So again, you do seem very clearly unhappy with your vet, but maybe you can explain what else you think he should have done.
If it doesn't seem to be bothering her in any way, and slowly seems to be going on the right track, yes, I would keep it as clean and you can. Iodine is just fine and is often something you can easily squirt up into a wound like that. Then give it time.
I've had my fair share (or maybe unfair share) of horse injuries over the years. Two were punctures. One was likely on a metal T-post to my geldings hindquarters although I never found where he did it. I could pretty much stick my entire hand and thensome, up into the wound. I didn't even haul him to the vet because they wouldn't have been able to do anything anyway. I just picked up antibiotics she called in for me, and cold hosed it, and gave it time. Actually healed pretty decent with not too bad of a scar.
The other pucture we didn't know it was a pucture for a good week, until we took him in. Didn't look like it. But horse found something in the pasture to poke down into his hock joint and give himself a life-threatening hock infection. He was in my mom's care at the time and bless her soul, she hauled him in 3 times for antibiotic IV flushes into the joint and cared for his wound every day. She quite literally saved his life. I honestly didn't think he was going to make it, the infection was so bad. That was just about a year ago. He's still enjoying time out in the pasture to recover and I'll slowly start riding him next year, and see if he stays sound for the kids to enjoy. Just depends how bad his hock is scarred on the inside.
Moral of the story is that puctures can and do happen, and they can be obvious and sometimes can be difficult to diagnose. ANdn sometimes difficult to treat.