So after my high of last week – getting my E-Dressage test submitted early, training all going well, Dan looking great… it had to all go wrong at some point!
I got to the yard on Friday night and fetched the horses in as usual. I tied Dan up with a haynet while I did my jobs, hoping the horrible clay-like mud would dry enough for me to brush off! As I was sweeping the yard around him, I noticed a bit of blood. On further inspection I realised that Dan had quite a deep wound on his right hind, where the coronet band is. At first I thought it was an abscess, but it did look particularly nasty, so I called the vet – plus, I was really worried as he hadn’t been lame or anything before, which didn’t really fit an abscess profile! The vet also initially thought abscess, and took his shoe off to have a dig around, but there was nothing there. She concluded that it was a wound rather than abscess, and the only way I can describe it (without posting gross pictures!) is that it looks like a wire wound, although who knows how he’s done that 😦 thanks to the muddy conditions, it’s already infected too. It’s also cost me a fortune in vet fees!
Poor Dan is now on a course of antibiotics, which luckily he is wolfing down in his tea. He is a fussy eater sometimes so I am making sure he’s eating everything up. I also have to hot tub the wound twice a day, which is really not fun as he’s a bit of a shuffler, so if anyone has any tips they’d be greatly received! He’s on strict manege only turnout now to keep it a bit cleaner and he is quite sore on it so no riding for the time being.
Gutted about my poor horsey, so please cross fingers and hooves for a quick recovery! The good news is he is still eating and seems reasonably perky so I’m hoping he’s not feeling too poorly in himself.
I hope you’re all having more fun with your ponies at the moment despite the weather!
Keep smiling 🙂
Nic & Dan x