On the second day, the mare in his pasture was re-introduced. She's in heat, bitchy, and apparently super desirable. The field exploded into hormonal chaos. There was running. There was screaming. There was kicking. There was biting. There was more running. All of this is, of course, great for a potentially fragile and healing leg.
|And super good for faces, too. Apparently...|
|"Look at me! I'm the size of a small moon!" ... It seemed to say.|
|"Horse prison?! Why I am in horse prison?! What did I DOOOOOOO?!" -- Hysterical Pig|
|Pig's leg after two days of Surpass, cold hosing, icing, wrapping, and stalling. Note, bump no longer sitting on the suspensory. Cue immense relief.|
The vet palpated the suspensory, and checked his knees. He didn't mess with the fetlocks because "he's obviously going to come up positive on those." Well said, vet. Well. Said. Everything else checked out fine, so he was convinced everything we've been seeing is related to the splint injury.
I won't lie. I breathed a huge sigh when he said the suspensory seemed just fine.
The vet asked if I wanted to do an x-ray. He said he didn't think there was a break issue, but if I wanted to be sure we could do one. I said yes.
|Can we just appreciate how flimsy the splint bone looks on an x-ray? I mean. What is that? A toothpick?|
The treatment plan immediately shifted to one of extreme caution. The vet wants Guinness to stay on stall rest for 10 days, keeping up with the aggressive treatment I've been doing: cold hosing, Surpass, icing, wrapping. He can be hand grazed if he stays quiet (usually not a problem), but zero turnout or walking for the sake of moving.
|Loooots of this...|
|"You mean I have to stay inside for 20 days?!?! Can you at least get me a book or something?"|