From Endurance to Dressage
I love that I have such a boring post to share. Izzy's leg has reached that point of s-l-o-w-m-o-t-i-o-n ... Now that the proud flesh is officially under control (knock on wood, knock on wood, knock on wood), the wound just needs to continue closing. I foresee a lot of practice on my part in the art of demonstrating patience. We'll see how Zen I can be ...
The first photo is from the first day I saw the wound, four days after it happened. The next three photos were taken at ten day intervals. The last two are from yesterday. Click on each photo for a caption.
I included the close up shot because it shows such good progress! All of the gray or white areas on the wound edge are new skin. And next to the new skin is skin that has healed and now has hair growing on it. If you're brave enough to enlarge the earlier pictures, you'll see how deep this wound really was. In the beginning, I could have laid my thumb in that lower tear drop portion. Now, it's completely filled in and getting closer and closer to be completely covered with new skin!
If you've just stumbled on this page, or you missed a few episodes, Izzy scraped his leg while at a trainer's barn on January 6th. He was seen by a vet who stabilized the wound but felt as though no stitches were needed. Since I was told the wound was minor and would heal within ten days, I waited until that weekend to bring him home. When I unwrapped the leg, I realized it was a much more serious injury than I had been led to believe and immediately called out my vet. Dr. Tolley felt the wound should have been stitched.
Here's a timeline of procedures so far:
Until the wound is completely closed, Izzy's activity level needs to remain limited, and the leg must be re-wrapped every other day. The wound is definitely shrinking, but it will probably be at least another month before it has closed completely.
I speak with my vet every Friday and email him photos. So far, we haven't had to go back since the last debridement on January 30th. I hand walk Izzy each day, do some ground work exercises, and change the bandages every other day. So far, it looks to be healing at a steady rate. Dr. Tolley's initial ten week time frame is looking like a good estimate for complete healing.
I am feeling pretty optimistic!
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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