|I am so jaded. You'll notice I didn't even bother to wash the blood off before wrapping him and riding.|
Silly horse. I had to laugh at him. He was so very proud of his sassy self.
While he was great for the ride (and didn't give me a hint of unsoundness!), the swelling didn't go down much at first. I ended up giving him some bute, scrubbing out the cut, trimming the skin flap, and cold hosing the hock some to take the heat out. On Tuesday morning the barn manager sent me this:
|Well that's less good...|
Wednesday morning the barn manager checked him again for me, and reported that it looked better than Tuesday but was still pretty swollen and a little hot. I headed out and tacked him up for a lesson during which he was a perfectly sound gentleman, and was happy to find that the riding had finally taken down the swelling considerably. After a good deal of cold hosing, I finally felt better about the injury. I poulticed the leg to try to keep the heat out of it some more, and left him out again.
This morning I got this photo...
|So much better!|
I'm hoping the leg looks even better tomorrow morning. The swelling is bothersome to me, though his continued soundness makes me think it's probably just a bit of simple bruising that will resolve with time. Keep your fingers crossed! If it's not better, I'm thinking I might need to have the vet out to evaluate and possibly do a round of SMZs or something. I don't want this to turn into cellulitis.
It's a damn good thing I'm no longer neurotic about injuries, or this horse would have done me in years ago!
|"Who me? Accident prone? Why I never!!"|