Not only did Huck require stitches in his face, he has a big ol' cut on his inside right-hind hock. He did it sometime in the morning last Friday. I arrived at the farm to see the vet (different one from the big clinic) getting out of his truck. Impeccable timing I have, especially since I had no idea when the vet was actually coming.
I opened the stall door to see Huck standing just outside the door in the paddock with dried blood all down his leg. GAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Of course I panicked, but he walked in sound and since the vet was there I had him take a look at it. It was ouchy to touch but he assured me it was superficial. I lunged him both ways he was sound. Not super willing, but sound.
I shaved it up (I failed to get a photo of how it looked when I brought him in, sorry) and we got a better look at it. I have NO idea how this one happened. Again I looked all around the paddock for anything of the right height and the right sharpness, but to no avail. I think he may have kicked at someone and maybe stuck his leg through the fence?
Thanking my lucky stars (and the barn owner) once again that we have an Insta-Hot, I was able to wash the wound well with aloedine and coated it in Tri-Care antibiotic ointment. He also got 3 days of banamine.
The vet had taken the stitches out and I wanted to hang out with Huck a little more so we went into the arena where the lighting is tremendous and discovered that the cut on his head was open about 1/8". I took a photo and sent it to the vet who stitched him up asking if it was still okay. He replied that it looked good. I filled it with Tri-Care and put his fly mask back on. The next day it was even more open. It does not look infected or anything, but I am ticked off that instead of a tiny scar he's going to have an ugly one because the vet decided to take the stitches out before it was fully healed. Good thing he's a ranch horse and not a prissy show horse.
We won the costume contest. I was going for "Festive Elf." "Festive" is sometimes used as a polite word for "Tacky." We would have done more, but it was very very cold and I couldn't feel my fingers so I stopped. I had to put on my jacket after a while, too. Brrrrrrr.
|We took the bow off because it freaked out one of the calmest horses in the barn!|
I am home with my family in Minne-sconsin for a week and I know Brenda is taking great care of my pony. Hopefully by the time I get back we can put this behind us and concentrate on the four months until our first show...... yikes!
Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukah (late), Happy Solstice (only a day late), Happy Festivus, and Happy New Year!