From Endurance to Dressage
I know I am being overly cautious, but I am not taking any chances!
I am still wrapping Izzy's leg with the mini bandage, but it finally occurred to me this week that I should probably stop using the white lotion. White lotion is a lead acetate product that serves as an irritant to the skin which prevents over granulation. Since there is no longer a hole in his leg and the skin has epithilialized, I should probably stop irritating it.
I don't feel comfortable going completely bandage free though, so I have switched out the white lotion in favor of a small smear of Biozide Gel, an antibacterial and antifungal goo.
Way back in the beginning, when this whole thing started, Biozide Gel was Dr. Tolley's wound dressing of choice. When the tissue began to over-granulate, or develop proud flesh, we had to switch to the white lotion. Now that proud flesh is no longer an issue, my plan is to use the Biozide Gel with a loose bandage for a week or so.
If all looks well on Sunday, I am going to paint the very center of the scar with a liquid bandage, but I need to wean the leg off the bandage. Even though the current bandage is not a pressure bandage, I've learned that even the slightest pressure needs to be removed gradually. Instead of using both the cotton layer and the Vet Wrap, I am going to omit the cotton and wrap the Vet Wrap as loosely as I can, changing it out every other day.
If that looks good after a week, I'll try to leave the Vet Wrap off for several hours and re-wrap each day. I'll be on Christmas vacation by that time so I'll be at the barn for longer periods each day. Hopefully I'll be able to see any swelling before it becomes a problem.
I'll keep you posted!
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.
National Rider Awards
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
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Third Level: 62.105%
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