If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Not sure what to do anymore. Doesn't seem to matter if they are bubble wrapped, they still hurt themselves.
I arrived to feed Dan in the AM, and he was standing there at the gate waiting as per normal. Then I seen the blood down his front leg...OH NO... WHAT have you DONE I exclaimed....and realized he was non weight bearing on it. When I got over there, I saw the big deep gouge in his shoulder and was horrified. Less than a month away from Canadian Nationals, a show we have been working towards for a long time.....
Of course it was a SUNDAY, so called the good horse clinic (an hour away) and arranged to meet the on call small animal vet as well as one of the equine vets who agreed to come in. I loaded him up (which he did very good on three legs) and away we went.
Dr Everett didn't seem too concerned that he was not using the leg, and toe dragging some. The palpated the wound and found it did not go to the bone which was good news. He said due to the muscle injury, it wasn't surprising he didn't want to use it. He would put some weight on it standing but would not swing it forward.
They stitched up 3 layers of muscle, and the outer layer as well and put in a drain tube. I went home with bute and antibiotics and a prognosis of MAYBE he would be fine by Nationals.
I moved him over to the stable, which has soft-stall stall mattress flooring, big beautiful stalls and runs off the back of each stall in the arena. He was bright and alert and himself, and I was quite hopeful.
Friends came down and brought me the myraid of essential oils that are helpful for this type of injury and they did a raindrop therapy massage and left me with instructions on how to use the oils. I am doing daily cold hose therapy (2-3x's) and giving him his bute, and antibiotics as well as using some oils daily and he has stable wraps on for support. He is on complete stall rest.
He decided he didn't want to stand outside in the little stall sized turnout while I cleaned, so I decided to move him to another stall. While he was walking, three legged , he stumbled on his good leg (front left). He tried to catch himself with his bad leg, and it buckled. Dan went down hard on his bad shoulder. The pain was excruciating , and very evident by his face and body language. This was two days ago... he layed there a minute, and slowly got up. I was horrified. That night there was a substantial amount of blood drainage from the drain tube. I am thinking he tore the internal stitches.
Yesterday he was still extremely sore. He is NOT using the leg to move, it is curled under and the toe drags when he hops along. He seems unable to even lift it up to get it out of the way. He has figured out how to place the foot... he hops forward, and then leans way back to stretch the leg out . Once the foot is placed he will put weight DOWN on it and use it for some support. Most often however , it just hangs there.
I can palpate the injury site firmly without much response. I can flex the leg and extend the leg and it has a big range of motion without pain response also. I am very concerned there is deeper more complex injury than the laceration. Sure, its deep... but he was expected to improve to weight bearing quickly. I am worried about bone damage, or deeper nerve or soft tissue injury. Dr Everett is out until Monday... I am going to Dan a couple more days and see if anything changes. I would like to take him to the university. Of course that will be very costly and I have barely worked in the last six months (LONG long story) ... working on new employment right now... but am going to check into some resources to see if that is an option. I will get the $'s back from Nationals, just not sure when.