My mom has boarded Dusty at two different stables since she's owned him. At both places, he has been very accident prone while out with pasture mates. It got to the point that every time I talked to my mom about her horse, she had a new injury to report. He has had numerous bite mark and kick wounds. A few months ago, a large piece of hide was kicked off of his hind gaskin. Frustrated, I remember saying to my mom that one of these days, this was going to be something serious.
This time it was the most serious injury he's incurred.But it could have been worse. Apparently, he was kicked by another horse. They caught the wound right away and had the veterinarian out. He had to sedate Dusty to get it cleaned and wrapped. An ultrasound showed suspicions of bone chips, so an X-ray followed. Luckily, just air bubbles and no bone fragments, which eliminated a need for surgery.
The vet is subscribes to the theory of better safe than sorry. My mom, dad, and the stable manager are rotating shifts every morning and night to insert a syringe an inch and a half up into the wound to clean it out. Let me rephrase that. My mom and dad are rotating holding Dusty while the barn manager cleans out the wound!
My mom says Dusty has been a pretty good boy for his leg treatment. They used a kind of rope twitch on his upper lip to help keep him calm with the release of endorphins.
My mom holds his head and whispers softly to keep him still. She said it made her sad to see him injured. Yet, he seems to know that he is being helped. My mom takes such good care of her boy. It's hard to see a beloved animal get hurt. Especially when you are a relatively new horse owner and haven't experienced anything really serious happen to your horse.
Please say a little prayer that Stardust's leg continues to heal and will be back to himself at no time.