Lucy is quite lame. I took her out for a trail ride yesterday, which lasted only 5 minutes because it started to rain and she was like, oh hell no. That will have to be a battle for another day, I think.
We didn't even go faster than a walk on this five minute trail ride. When we returned to the barn, I took her in the indoor and trotted her around and she was very clearly ouchy on her right side. I am terrible at figuring out if it's hind end or front end lameness but maybe after work I can get some video for you all to pick apart. I gave her some bute and applied liniment to all four legs. This morning she seemed a lot better but not sound. Hopefully she tweaked something or stepped on a rock on the trails and it will blow over quickly.
She has also got a cut on her RH coronet band and it was looking ok until last night, when it looked very much like it was developing proud flesh. Umm, so not cool, Lucy. What happened was that she was being led out to her paddock late last week when she spooked at something dumb and nicked her RH with her LH hoof. It was a small cut and I cleaned it out when I got to the barn and didn't think anything of it. It seemed to be healing well and then on Sunday she re-opened it and it got a bit uglier (but nothing that required veterinary attention, still all very superficial). On Monday it looked like it was starting to scab over again and I cleaned it out well. Then yesterday it looked very puffy and granular:
I scrubbed the crap out of it and went home and posted that photo on FB and got about 15 different opinions on how to treat it (including but not limited to: Furazone is good! Furazone is bad! Corona is good! Corona is bad! Wonder Dust is good! Wonder Dust is bad!). I ended up emailing the photo to my vet because I was more confused than ever, and while he hasn't gotten back to me yet, a vet that I have on my FB friends list commented on the photo and gave me his advice.
This morning I went out to the barn before work to check on her and discovered that she is still lame but not as bad as she was yesterday. I was trying to be quick at the barn to get to work at a reasonable time, so I walked out to her paddock with a bunch of carrots, surgical scrub, betadine, and a clean sponge. I put her halter on and held her leadrope in my left hand (since she doesn't tie) and crouched down by her injured leg to have a good look. Seeing that it looked much better, I steadied myself with one knee down on the ground and poured the scrubbing solution on her leg and went to town. About three seconds later, she got me right in the forehead with her LH fetlock. I didn't have any time to react or get out of the way before she got me. I heard the impact echo in my head. OUCH!
I fell over and cried like a baby in the middle of her paddock while she stood there and gave me weird looks like, "what the hell is your problem?". Truthfully I do not think she was trying to kick me in the head. It was really more of a "you're annoying me and I want to brush you out of the way" as if I were a fly. I am pretty sure that if she really wanted to kick me, she would have used her RH and she would have aimed better and gotten me with her actual foot.
So kids, here's what we learned today:
1. do not attempt to hold the horses head while you're tending to its back end
2. do not kneel down EVER - it is almost impossible to get up and out of the way in time
3. if the horse is sensitive, have a helper pick up a front foot so that it cannot easily kick out with a back foot
4. keep a good distance away from the hind legs
5. wear a helmet to protect your head
6. do not attempt to play vet out in the paddock...this is what the cleaner barn is for.