From Endurance to Dressage
Izzy's Leg: Update 22
I know I said I was done with updates, but the wound didn't finish up as I had hoped. Bleck.
If you're new here, Izzy sustained a pretty massive laceration in January while under the care of a trainer. You can read the first and second posts here. The rest of the posts can be found by visiting "Izzy's Leg" in my posts by topic.
It's not that there is, or was, anything horrible going on with it, it just won't finish healing. I am starting to feel hopeful however, as the wound has made a giant leap forward of late.
I wish I had pictures, but I got so irritated that I sort of stuck my head in the sand and rationalized that if I quit taking photos, the situation would resolve itself. I guess that's sort of what happened.
Once I quit wrapping it the last time (early September), that tiny little bit that had a tiny little scab didn't just dry up and go away. It got bigger week by week until there was a small hole in his leg. And then this weird bump started to grow which was accompanied by an oily discharge when squeezed.
Oh for the love of God! That was all I could say day after day. Now what?!?!?!
I watched that little bump grow and fester and just kept my head in the sand. It wasn't particularly painful, anyone will flinch if you poke them hard enough, and it wasn't changing colors or developing an odor, so I just left it. Until I couldn't stand it anymore.
In late October, I started wrapping it again with the white lotion, but I made the wrap as simple and pressure-free as possible. I soaked a tiny strip of Telfa pad with white lotion and wrapped it in place with a thin piece of cotton roll to hold the Telfa pad over the wound. I topped that with two to three layers of Vetwrap to keep everything in place. I changed the bandage every other day as before.
When I took the horses in to see Dr. Tolley for vaccinations and fecals in early November, I showed him Izzy's leg and asked him what to do next. As I mentioned in that post, Dr. Tolley thought it looked fine and encouraged me to stick with it. He also recommended using a liquid bandage once I take this bandage off. The part that I hadn't shared before is that Dr. Tolley had a possible explanation for the slow healing.
He suggested that there might have been a foreign body, such as a bone fragment, lodged in the center of the wound that was preventing it from healing completely. Given the way it has behaved over the past two months, I am pretty sure that diagnosis holds water.
I took the photo on the left a few days before Thanksgiving. It actually looked better in person. The scab was paper thin and for the first time, it looked knit together. I took the photo on the right a few days after Thanksgiving. Notice that there is only new pink skin and no scab!
Up until this point, there has always been the slightest gap in the center of the scab. I am going to continue wrapping it until there is no scab and the skin looks like the rest of the scar. And even then, I might bandage for another week after that before I apply the liquid bandage (which I have ready and waiting).
I've been teasing myself lately about my impatience. This first happened on January 6, 2015. Wouldn't it be fitting if January 6, 2016 turns out to be the day it's officially "healed?" I won't be at all surprised if it takes another 6 weeks for that skin to really heal tightly.
If I had known last January that the trainer's prediction of "10 days" was going to be a year... But I didn't, which was probably for the best!
11/30/2015 06:19:35 am
Ooooh, it looks way better! Fingers crossed that you reach "healed" before January 6th!
11/30/2015 04:28:39 pm
I went back and read all of the comments from Post #2. Everyone was so sweet to wish him a quick recovery. In the moment, things always seem so terrible, but when we look back after some time has passed, the "event" that caused us so much worry is just a little blip in time. Even though the wound looked so terrifying at first, the reality is that it didn't change a thing about how I went about introducing him to his work life.
11/30/2015 04:31:13 pm
Like I told Emma above, this really hasn't been such a horrible thing. I definitely learned a thing or two about patience and the value of seeing the "truth" in a situation. What good would it have done me to be angry for a whole year?!?!?! I am so glad that I was able to avoid owning any anger or bitterness. I would have wasted so much time.
12/1/2015 10:10:04 am
Love this update!
12/1/2015 12:43:43 pm
Me too! :0)
12/1/2015 12:47:10 pm
We didn't. Dr. Tolley never suggested it - probably because Izzy never presented as lame. As flayed open as it was, not much could have been hiding in there. I think Dr. Tolley is suggesting a TINY piece of something. Either way, it looks like it wants to close up this time. I can only hope! :0)
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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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