From Endurance to Dressage
Izzy's Leg: Update 11
One good thing about being sick was that I didn't agonize about the state of Izzy's leg. At this point, there is nothing more that I can do for the wound other than wait for it to clean itself up.
It's still swollen, although not to the degree it was last week. Dr. Tolley thought it might take three to four weeks for that to resolve. The wound is completely closed, but it does have an ugly scab that looks like it might take a while to fall off. And this is one scab that I don't want to pick at.
The day I took the bandage off, April 11, Izzy's leg looked great. Everything was tight, and the wound was hard and dry. There was a tiny (1/2" x 1/2") section that hadn't epethelialized, but it wasn't enough to have us concerned. Within hours of removing the bandage, the leg swelled up considerably, and the newly healed skin was forced open by the pressure. You can see the blood oozing through the tears in the April 12 photo.
By the next day, the tears had scabbed over, but the leg was still very swollen. Izzy wasn't lame on it exactly, but it was obvious that he was uncomfortable. I didn't get to see it again until the 19th.
By Sunday, more than half of the filling had subsided. The back of the leg is now clean and tight. The swelling is centered over the large scab. There is no more oozing and the scab is hard and thick. I brushed the wound throughly with a soft brush to remove any loose debris. There was no sensitivity at all.
I rode him on Sunday at a walk. He showed no sensitivity or tenderness. For so many months I waited for the wound to close. Now, I just need to wait for the scab to dry up and fall off. Dr. Tolley feels that the scarring should be minimal, but it will probably take the better part of a year to get to that point.
I'll keep you posted!
You know, one of my favorite things to put on scabs I don't want to scrap off is Corona ointment. It seems to act like lotion and make the scab a little pliable and less likely to pull off an irritate the new skin underneath. Things heal a lot nicer with it, and it's slightly antiseptic. It's great, if you can get over the sticky gooey nature of the stuff.
4/20/2015 09:08:29 am
I know a lot of people like Corona, but my vet is not a huge fan. It seems to attract a lot of debris. For now, I am going to simply watch it and let it finish healing up on its own. If it starts to crack or look painful, I'll give some Scarlex a try (my vet's choice), but for now, it seems to doing okay. :0)
Scarlex is my favorite dressing! It's great for those hard-to-reach-without-getting-kicked areas!
4/20/2015 09:05:42 am
That's my hope ... ugly before it gets better. And really, it doesn't bother him, so I am just letting it run its course.
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
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About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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