From Endurance to Dressage
Unfortunately, this "ten days to heal" wound is taking a wee bit longer than even Dr. Tolley predicted. Oh, it wasn't him who suggested it would heal in ten days; that was the trainer (the responsible party) and her vet who made that prediction. Idiots.
For those who missed it, here'a quick run down: January 6, Izzy scrapes his leg. Three months go by where I diligently re-wrap the leg every other day without fail. April 11, Dr. Tolley gives the okay to stop bandaging. April 12, the wound swells up and tears the newly epithelialized tissue. A huge scab forms in late April. May 2, the scabs falls off. May 12, Dr. Tolley suggests we begin wrapping again.
This time, the bandaging protocol Dr. Tolley recommended is different from the first go-round; it will not be a pressure bandage. Like the first few months, I soaked a Telfa pad with the white lotion to help eliminate any over-granulated tissue (proud flesh). Instead of continuing with a roll of sheet cotton and gauze though, I wrapped the Telfa pad with half a roll of a cotton bandage.
The cotton bandage is thin and doesn't stretch, but it does a provide a light cushion between the wound and the vet wrap. I am hoping I got it on tight enough to stay, but loose enough so that it's not forcing fluid out of the leg like a pressure bandage would do.
This bandage will also need to be redone every other day. We're going to try this bandage for ten days and see what we get. Hopefully this will get the wound to close up pretty quickly since I am leaving for vacation in less than three weeks, and asking someone to bandage every other day seems a bit excessive.
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.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
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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