From Endurance to Dressage
Izzy's Leg: Update 7
Here's a happy photo so that the first thing you see is not that horrible wound photo we've seen 100 times ...
Several friends have asked me how I am dealing with the stress of Izzy's wound. They've wondered if I feel anxious and worried every time I take off the bandage. What am I going to see? How bad is it going to look? That sort of thing.
The honest truth is that I look forward to unwrapping it. I can't wait to see what it looks like. Every single time I take that last telfa pad off, I am thrilled with how much smaller the wound is. My vet predicted a ten week healing period. We're now at nine weeks. It's not healed over, but it is getting there. My guess, based on the rate of skin growth, is that the wound won't be fully covered with skin until the end of March.
And not because I want to gross you out, but here is the photo from the first day I saw the wound (1/10) and a current photo (3/1) ...
I am really excited by the bottom "loop." When I took this most current photo, I realized that the loop is now an island. That part of the wound just grew a layer of skin. When I next re-bandage, I am betting the whole loop is covered with new skin. I can't wait to see that!
Stay tuned for further updates.
3/3/2015 10:54:43 pm
That's awesome. I think it's healing pretty fast.
3/4/2015 07:10:57 am
I think so too. ;0)
3/4/2015 07:11:53 am
12 weeks seems pretty fast! I am not sure it will be healed even by month's end, but it gives me something to work towards. ;0)
3/4/2015 07:12:36 am
Tha's what I say every other day when I re-wrap it. It is amazing how fast it is closing up.
3/4/2015 07:13:58 am
Knowing what it looked like, it is shocking to me how the body can close up such a huge hole. It literally looked like a bear had ripped open his leg, and now, it's just a big "scratch." :0)
3/4/2015 02:39:30 am
Wow, it's looking great! Fingers crossed for no more islands!
3/4/2015 07:15:05 am
Sinking islands are fine, I just don't want any mountains, rivers, or volcanoes!
3/5/2015 09:29:04 pm
I am glad that someone other than me likes the photos. I can stare at them all day. I zoom in and check for hair that wasn't there before, skin that has newly emerged, and wound edges that have changed shape. When I wrapped last night, I was SHOCKED and how much smaller the whole thing looks again.
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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.
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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