I looked out the window this morning and saw this. Yuck.
But, not to sound like a broken record, I had the 100 Day Challenge!
Day 7 and 8.
Yesterday was the 7th day, and I worked with both Beautiful and Leah. Beautiful stood tied in the barn while I worked with Leah outside the barn. It was slick, but the sun was out, and it seemed warm at 39 degrees.
After Leah, I worked with Beautiful on walk, trot and whoa...and directing her feet to the cone, as I'd also done with Leah.
Beautiful actually did better than Leah, believe it or not. She really wanted to tune into me and get it right. She just didn't know what I was asking her to do. Once she got it, she did it fast. She has been separated from the herd for about two months, and it has brought us much closer together.
Leah had a lot of energy to release, but once she slowed down, she was able to think about touching the cone.
Today, the 8th day, I got to doctor a wound on Penny, and then I worked Beautiful again on the cone.
The wound took most of my morning...it had been stuck together with crusty blood and I had to soak it with warm water and then rinse it out with warm water. We noticed the cut on Saturday, but it looked like it was healing. Then, on Sunday, I saw that it was swelling and, when I pushed on it, a little pus/blood came out. My husband looked at it and thought it was fine, but today I went out there and it was still a little swollen and oozy, thus the soaking and flushing.
This is what was exposed.
After it was clean, I sprayed Scarlex on it and put her away in a stall because I had to go to work. I have an appointment with my vet tomorrow at 12. It's most likely too late to stitch it (sadly), but she can flush it out and put her on antibiotics. I texted her a picture of the wound, and she said it was better than she thought it would be after my description on the phone.
I've had experience with head wounds, and I know they heal fast. My same vet worked on a real nasty one two years ago when Shadow got kicked by another horse and it went through his nasal cavity. That was awful because of the germs involved from the nasal cavity, but it still healed up fast.
Rain, shine, or fog, there is never a dull moment out at the barn.