From Endurance to Dressage
Warning: gross photos below.
I am probably going to lose track of which week I am on, but for this count, I know he has been home for a week.
When I took the bandages off on Friday afternoon, I got a little worried. The bandages smelled really bad, like they have every time, and the wound had changed in character. It was still as wide and as long, but it was starting to puff out. It also looked more like hamburger than the inside a chicken leg.
Gross images of raw meat:
While I am a very good cook and have a fair amount of experience with different cuts of meat, I do not want to see a wound on my horse that resembles something from the butcher's window.
When Dr. Tolley examined the wound last Saturday, I was so shocked by the hugeness of the gash that I was more focused on the treatment protocol - how to apply the five bandage layers correctly, than on asking too many questions. The one thing that I always ask when dealing with an injury or illness, which I completely forgot to do, is what should I expect over the next two weeks?
Even though I knew Dr. Tolley wasn't going be in the office on Saturday, I called anyway knowing that I could at least speak to Dr. Gonzalez, BVH's newest doctor. Sure enough, the receptionist put him on the phone almost immediately. Fortunately, I had caught him just before he headed out for a field call.
I always take my horses in for treatment, but given the severity of this wound, I hadn't wanted to put Izzy back in the trailer, unwrapped, for yet another road trip. Instead, I opted to pay the ranch call and have Dr. Tolley bring the hospital to me. Because of that, Dr. Gonzalez hadn't yet seen the wound.
I described Izzy's injury and tried to explain what it now looked like. He assured me that it sounded as though it was healing well, but asked if I could send some photos for him to exam. Photos? Oh, yeah ... I have lots of photos.
I sent the following two photos (warning - grossness follows) and was relieved at his quick response.
The therapy protocol recommend by Dr. Tolley was this:
When I am finished it looks like this.
We have our first follow-up appointment on Saturday where Dr. Tolley will probably need to debride the wound. Proud flesh will likely become an issue. At the appointment, he will decide whether to change out the Biozide gel for something to inhibit the development of proud flesh. While he hasn't said so, I am assuming, and budgeting for, every other week visits for the month of February. With a wound this large and open, I would rather have someone with a degree monitor the condition of the wound rather than simply trust my own judgement.
I paid for Dr. Tolley's first visit over the phone, so I hadn't seen his write up. His medical notes finally arrived over the weekend, here is what it said:
I feel lucky to have access to such a knowledgeable and friendly staff of doctors. Not every vet hospital will put the vet on the phone and let you chat with him (or her). While Dr. Tolley is my regular vet, it's nice to have finally worked with Dr. Gonzalez. I would definitely feel comfortable having him treat my boys in the future.
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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