Thursday, April 21, 2011

Baby D Gets an Owwy

I found him wounded when I came home from work. There was blood from that hock all the way down to the hoof, all the way around the leg, blood all over his nose and mouth — it usually looks way worse than it is, and thank goodness, that was the case here. This photo was taken after I hosed it with water for several minutes and sprayed with Vetricyn. His appetite didn't suffer a bit; he was also eating.

I wrapped it with a maxi pad (also sprayed with Vetricyn) and vet wrap. Here you can see the other superficial wounds on the leg. You can also see the swelling (it's warm), and that he's not totally putting weight on that leg.

Thanks to Mr. Fry for holding him while I bandaged. Daltrey is moving slower, but I am confident he's fine. I'm grateful to have seen and helped care for injuries worse than this at Iron Ridge. I didn't panic!

There are a dozen scenarios upon which I could postulate, but I can never truly know how this happened. All I can say for sure is that I'm glad I worked on the lesson I did last weekend, which is what today's post was supposed to be about. Next time ...

12 comments:

Mikey said...

Poor Baby! Love that you're using the Vetricyn too. I'm using it on my horse right now, same as yours, it looks worse than it is. It's healing up nice now, although not in a good place to bandage, unfortunately.
Must be something in the air...

Leah Fry said...

Something in the air indeed! Due to all the bad horse mojo going around, I wore my helmet as I handled that tender back leg.

Paint Girl said...

Poor Daltrey! Sure hope it heals soon, that looks like it hurts!

AareneX said...

It always looks horrible before you hit it with the garden hose, doesn't it? I hope he heals up quickly AND I hope he learned how not to do that anymore!!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Uh oh. I guess it's time to start wrapping Baby D in bubble wrap.

~Lisa

Rising Rainbow said...

Ouch! I so hate when that happens. I always wonder how but most of the time there just are no answers. It's good you are confident about dealing with such things. I can remember the days when I would panic over them.

Jeni said...

OUCH !!! Quick healing thoughts for him.

Mrs Mom said...

Aww poor Baby D! Hope he heals up quick for you Leah.

Dreaming said...

Oh my... that looks tender!
Hooray for maxi-pads! The first time I went down to the barn with one my hubby thought I had flipped out!!!
I love Lisa's comment about bubble wrap... don't you wish we could protect all of our loved ones from owwy's?

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Poor little Daltry. Using a maxi pad is a great idea.

fernvalley01 said...

Blood on a light colored horse always makes things look worse. Hope he heals well, looks like he should

Hopeful said...

oh, scary nonetheless!! yes, hope it doesn't get too swollen and he is back to normal soon. as my friend says, "too far from the heart". thank you for the comments on my blog - i appreciate it.

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