Thursday, March 20, 2014

Not what you want to see at 6 a.m. :(

This morning, Red, Paddy, and Taran were in the barn when I turned the lights on, impatiently waiting for breakfast. Cash was conspicuous by his absence. I got the Three Stooges haltered and fed, then hubby (yay he's home!) went to get Mr. Schpot, who was for some reason hanging out on the other side of the track.

As soon as they walked in the barn, my heart stopped. Blood looks 10 times worse when it's on a white horse, just saying:

Major OW.

I have no idea how he did this. It looks like he got stuck somehow, but there were no signs of a struggle and no hair on any fences. 

He was a bit trembly, so we tossed a blanket on him while he ate. As soon as he was finished, we pulled him into the aisle and went to work. I pulled out my last surgical scrub sponge (gotta get more of those, they are awesome) and gently scrubbed all the bloody spots. They're all scrapes, no deep cuts, but as you can see there are a lot of them. Hubby stuffed Cash's face full of baby carrots while I worked, which mostly distracted Mr. Schpot while I worked. I rinsed as best i could, then slathered everything with Silvadene, put non-stick gauze pads everywhere, and wrapped with vetwrap. I put standing wraps on his legs since they were already starting to fill a bit (pardon the crappy wrapping job, apparently I have one front wrap and one hind one?), and hubby gave him 2 grams of Bute to help with the swelling and discomfort.

Not a classy job, but it'll do.

Cash panics if he's in a stall, so we put him out in his usual spot in the pasture. He went to grazing immediately, and seemed OK if somewhat sore/stiff. I'm hoping that moving around a little will help keep the swelling down. I've got a call in to my vet (pictures included!) to see what else I can do to help him. Probably just lots of cold-hosing, wrapping, and bute for a while, but we'll do whatever she thinks is best.

Poor Cash.

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  1. Whoa, yikes! Hope Cash heals up quickly!

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  2. Oh my gosh!! Eek! Definitely looks worse on a white horse :( Not to be graphic (but I love gross things), how deep is the massive red scrape? Or did just the fur/top layer of skin come off and is that what's hanging around below the scrape?

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    1. The massive red scrape is just hair and a few layers of skin - nothing hanging at all. Just no hair. At least there were no punctures anywhere - that's what I was most worried about.

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  3. Poor Cash, that is one doozy of s scrape, hope he is okay and recovers quickly!

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    1. He did a good job on himself, however it happened.

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  4. I wondered, too, if he'd done it to himself. Does look more like he got stuck in/under something, but if there's no sign of anything ...
    Carrots coming by FedEx this afternoon.

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    1. He's still got 4 lbs of carrots in the fridge. I imagine we'll make good use of them over the next few days.

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  5. Awww poor guy!! I hope he is feeling better soon!

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  6. It's amazing how they can do that and leave no sign behind. Hope he heals up well.

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    1. He's milking it for all the carrots he can. :)

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  8. Oh, Jenj, I'm sorry. Give the big guy kisses. Blood is never good and I'm really happy the above knee injury is superficial, because it looks gory.

    T wants to know if it was a zombie wolf attack (T has issues with zombies).

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    1. It looks worse than it is, promise. It's just missing all the hair and a layer or two of skin.

      Not sure if it was zombie wolves... more likely to be zombie coyotes here.

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  9. Nice bandaging job. That picture was pretty gross. Poor guy.

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    1. I have a little too much experience with wrapping/bandaging after Saga's multi-month stint. Wrapping above the knee and expecting it to stick is kinda tough, though.

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  10. Ouch, ouch!! Sucks when the whole thing is a mystery! Hopefully he heals up quickly.

    I agree with you on the white horse thing... blood looks extra bad!

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    1. My vet was joking with me, saying that only white horses bleed! Of course brown ones do too, you just can't see it!

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  11. Poor Cash! The picture looks worse than your description. Hope that's true -

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    1. The picture does look pretty bad - it's not as bad in person. All the hair is missing, but it's not deep. Still, it can't feel good. :(

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  12. ouch!! Good Dr work Mom :)

    Hope that Cash feels better asap!!

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