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Wednesday June 27th I came home to my 2 year old filly Areion expecting to go on a short light ride...that didn't quite happen.
I pulled into the driveway and wasn't greeted as I normally am, didn't think too much about it and ran into the house to change out of my work clothes and into my play clothes. Came out and grabbed my bedding fork and wheelbarrow and headed to her gate where she slowly greeted me. I noticed a few blood spots on her lower leg as I was placing the wheelbarrow at the gate. I immediately began scanning her body from there up while asking her, "what'd you do now dumb-dumb?". Finding nothing in the obvious places I catch a glimpse of the top of her head from the left side of her body (the only side I could see at this point since I haven't made it into the corral yet). Found the source! Crawled through the panel, stood up looked at her straight on and leaned to see her left side of her face to discover quite the mess of blood...

I calmly walked away (screaming inside) and headed to the big barn where my barn mate was washing down her horse and shared with her my findings. She went into her tack room grabbed a large tote on wheels and headed to my corral. Amazingly she had this very extensive first aide kit and we were able to administer sedatives and pain meds. 20 minutes into the sedatives my baby was falling asleep...

And I was able to start getting a better look at the situation...


OMG, my poor baby! I was in such disbelief! How?? and Where?? Were my next questions. I baby proofed and took all precautions for my 2 year old. I searched everywhere, high and low and then I found it, a 2 inch break in the metal paneling that lines the exterior of her lean-to, NOT EVEN A FOOT OFF THE GROUND! What the HECK was her head doing down THERE?!?!?!? In a CORNER! 1 foot by 1 foot area! She's got an entire VERY spacious corral, what was she doing THERE?!?
Anyway, we got to the start of cleaning the area around the wound and let me tell you, those sedatives disappeared with a quickness! She pulled the buckle of the halter from the top hole all the way down to the bottom hole!
I knew she hurt and I felt so helpless. With much determination and TONS of patience, there was success of cleaning and assessing the damage. Cleaned result still looks ugly...

Too late for stitches...just have to wait it out...been given instructions to keep it clean and apply a mixture of nitrofurazone & swat for wounds. She's on an antibiotic and seems to be doing good. Spirits are higher and her eatting and drink are normal.
The most difficult part is the cleaning! She has become extremely head shy and pulls back and freaks out at the slightest attempt to get to her head. I have resorted to not tying her to anything and teasing her with treats to lower her head.
I do NOT look forward to cleaning and treating her but know I have to. Last night was a 3 hour fighting rodeo with her.
My results this morning from lastnights cleaning and treatment...


I am open to suggestions on easier ways to get to her head for her cleanings and treatments.
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I feel so sorry for her and you!!! Its looks like a egg yoke on her head?? Forgive me for being a dummy, but why is it yellow?? I have had horses before but never a wound like that. Hopeing for a speedy recovery for her!!
 

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Awww... poor baby! That is just awful! Don't have any suggestions for you, but you definitely have my sympathy! My vet is coming out Tuesday to check my colt's pastern wound (#2 pastern wound!) and I will ask him about treating head wounds.
I am also curious about the yellow spot. What is it?
 

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Furazone is yellow, I'm guessing thats whats in the later pictures.


Ouch. Even if you weren't sure where it was that she injured herself horses can find trouble without us ever knowing what/how/when/where/why. They are just walking accidents and we keep climbing on! Wishing her speedy recovery... but I would shave the forelock to help keep things clean.
 

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Ouchie!
I second shaving, or at least cutting off the mane around the wound. Less contamination to have to deal with and will help keep things cleaner.
Poor girl... that's quite the wound. I hope she heals up fast.
 

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Poor girl. As for trying not to make her head shy - go slow...distract her with a treat or a bag of alfalfa. My former horse Red would have let you do brain surgery if you had alfalfa...Biscuit is about the same now if it involves a treat of some sort.

Sorry this happened to your baby.
 

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Thank you all! Yes, the yellow is the nitrofurazone. I would LOVE to cut and or shave the area around the wound, however, the only chance I'd have to do that was if she were completely out. She will not tolerate anything near that area without one hell of a fight. So much to have broken 2 halters and one lead already. I spend 2.5-3 hours evey afternoon just trying to clean it. I've offered treats, alfalpha and even molasses and still she's not having it. I've been able to sit atop the panels and let the ointment drop off my fingertips aiming carefully for the crater of the wound while she eats her antibiotic laced grain lol ;-) It's just the actual cleaning that's almost impossible :-/
Again, thank you all for your response! I appreciate all your kind words.
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Deja Vu, we went out two days ago and found a very similar wound on the other side of the forelock on Bourbon our ten year old palamino gelding(seems to be a palamino thing, just kidding). We rinse with a povidone iodine solution diluted to the color of light ice tea, then apply Vetricyn infection spray gel(the stuff is amazing). Let it dry then apply Furazone oinment at night, or Swat during the day. Every wound we have treated with Vetricyn has healed beautifully with no infection and minimal if any scarring. Bourbon's injury was courtesy of his paddock mate Midnight who bit him. Midnight is in solitary and Bourbon has a new paddock mate.
 

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Deja Vu, we went out two days ago and found a very similar wound on the other side of the forelock on Bourbon our ten year old palamino gelding(seems to be a palamino thing, just kidding). We rinse with a povidone iodine solution diluted to the color of light ice tea, then apply Vetricyn infection spray gel(the stuff is amazing). Let it dry then apply Furazone oinment at night, or Swat during the day. Every wound we have treated with Vetricyn has healed beautifully with no infection and minimal if any scarring. Bourbon's injury was courtesy of his paddock mate Midnight who bit him. Midnight is in solitary and Bourbon has a new paddock mate.
Sorry to hear about your Bourbon. I agree, it has to be a Palomino thing LOL! I have had numerous horses throughout my life and never had anything other then very minor issues. My 1st Palomino, she seems to hurt herself very easily :-|, maybe its a blonde thing??? Kidding...It's got to be a baby thing :wink: hahaha!
Cherie: I would have LOVED to have it sutured, however, it was too late and I don't have a limitless bank account for new skin sutures option :cry:
 

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Thank you for your sympathic response. We got another one, yep and this one was you guessed it our sooty palamino stallion, Sunny. He somehow managed a small but fairly deep cut above his right eye, and of course it happened at night so it was hours old before we found it. It is definitely a palamino thing. I was palamino once but this is making me gray! lol:wink:
 

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Update:

Arei's head wound got worse from what looked like being caught and pulled further back on Tuesday.


Had her vet out and got the chunk of flesh cut off and the wound rounded up nicely. No stitches necessary, just packed it with medicated stop bleed crystals (forgot the name). And instructed to apply Tri-care ointment as needed and Swat for wounds around the area but not directly on the wound.

Got a little education from her vet about Nitrofurazone and Cut & Heal. That neither should be applied anywhere near the eyes such as the head. I was originally mixing the Nitrofurazone with Cut & Heal and Swat for wounds and applying it to the wound. Also learned that Nitrofurazone is a great promoter for proud flesh, especially in large and/or deep wounds.
Now, today, the vet is needed again.
I have discovered her eye has a yellowish cloudiness within the bottom of her eye...

And even a light film of cloudiness over all...

I am now waiting here at work on pins and needles for her vet to call, she was running out to check her out for me sometime today.
 

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Oh my goodness that poor thing! You can't catch a break. Keep us updated, hope there is nothing seriously wrong with her eye..
 

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OMG your poor baby. I must say it is definitely a palomino thing. Hunter almost ripped his ear off last week, thankfully I found it early enough for vet to staple, they come out on Saturday. I had the option of him coming or not and I am glad I had him come out. Hunter wouldn't even let me near it.
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Eek! Glad you are able to work with your vet, your first post made it seem like you weren't having a vet out at all. I am glad one came out.

Sending healing and feel better vibes to your baby!
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My exhusband did that to his horse. He was fighting with her (he used to fight and brawl with any horse he'd be around) about getting into the trailer. Instead of training her like she should be, he manhandled her and she made one big huge flying leap into the trailer and split her head open. Idiot that he was, he didn't notice it until his truck broke down on the road (it wasn't strong enough to haul) and he finally got the horse home.




Honestly, I'm glad I wasn't there with him or I would have killed him for being his bully self. It was entirely his fault. If he would have acted differently (there had been numerous times where I had to take a horse from him because he was flipping out and beating the tar out of it) this would have never happened.

Theres no real good thing to do to avoid a horse becoming headshy with a head wound. You really just have to wrestle the treatment on and when everything heals up, work on retraining the horse to accept things near their head. They just went through some major head trama and everytime someone touched their head, it hurt. She just has to get over this and then you can work on training her out of her newfound headshy-ness.

I'm glad you have a vet on your side. I hope your little horse will heal quickly.
 

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OMG Copperhead that is just nasty. I am still thinking bubble wrap
I know. We are currently working on a divorce and I had been separated from him for a couple months when this happened. He never got the chance to hurt my horse because I kept her boarded in ANOTHER STATE, far, far away from him. But he sure did a number on his own horse when no one was there to stop him. She's all healed up. They got stitches in her. But it was a disgusting "accident" that could have been prevented if he just used patience. :-|
 
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