October 26, 2012
Welcome to Horse Ownership....1st Injury Under my Watch. Uge
So I'm officially a horse owner, I've been Cristened. Dani had her first injury. I got a call on Wednesday, the night before I would leave for VA to see my first baby nephew. The boarding facility said her left high leg was swollen. When I got to the barn I noticed a patch of fur missing on her hip, like it had been shaved off.
There was another shaved off looking area on her leg and her fetlock was all muddy. I hosed her leg to clean it and reduce the swelling. The swelling went down and Dani was a very good girl in the cross ties, I've only had her cross tied once for any period of time. Also since this was the first time I hosed her down I was impressed how good she was and trusting. I love her!
So here's her wet leg with the "shaved" spot and a cut. The gal at the boarding place said if it was her horse she would wait a little before calling a vet. I agreed since she didn't seem lame or off.
My poor baby. I left Thursday morning and received updates from the barn. Later that day they said that she was still swollen and called the vet to come the next day. Now it's Friday and he's been out. He says Dani will be fine and that she was slightly lame on the leg at the trot. She's on butte, antibiotics and has a pressure wrap. He'll also come out on Monday to check on her.
I fly home on Tuesday morning. Uge. I hate being away when she's hurt and having the people at the barn deal with her care. They are awesome though!! I'll be getting the bill later so I don't know what the damage is to my pocketbook but this is horse ownership. If it goes above 325 then my insurance policy will kick in. I'm happy to have that as a safety net in case something really bad happens.
Poor Dani is staying in a stall for now but the vet said a small turnout paddock would be good for her. I told the farm so hopefully she'll get out some. Colorado is having cold driving weather. Since she's in the stall and is not clipped I didn't want her overheated with the blanket. Certain weather will necessitate a blanket like snow, wind and really cold temps. For the most part I don't think she'll need one as her coat grows in.
Poor Dani. It's hard being away from her but I know she's in good hands and am glad that I chose this stable. She was in the pasture but still got looked at closely, it validates my choice a bit. I've heard that some pasture kept horses can often not receive the same care as a stabled horse. Anyhow, Steve will be back late this evening so can check on her on Saturday and Sunday morning. It would have been great if he'd been in the state while I was gone but at least she's doing fine and the vet doesn't think she'll be having issues once she's healed. Oh the stress! I was hoping to have a little more time before I had my first horse injury and vet call but alas it's baptism by fire!!!