Well, after a week and a half of 90-100 temps...and us wilting about..the weather came down to 70- 80 degrees today! I have the day off too..the stars aligned!
EXCEPT THIS IS WHAT I FOUND '0'
I noticed it right away, as my mare walked up to me in the field. Pantz was the smart one, getting the choice carrot first, by getting to me first!
I sometimes wonder if I am a good horse mommy and did I check everything about her....?
Well, I found out I am looking at her always, even without being conscientious of telling myself to do it.
This is the normal looking size..with definition down from the cap of the hock
Side view and the place I think she got kicked-?
So, I was going to ride Pantz and pony Wa...Naaaa...I got that sick feeling like right away.
Determining it was not a puncture wound, but a surface one with trauma..I cold hosed it for about 12 minutes, hand walked her a bit, then put some "Sore no more" on it.
There was no heat..amazingly so. Just this ROCK HARD hock.
Oh, I also gave her 2 grams of Bute and some Arnica homeopathy.
She seemed lazed and relaxed...I brushed her face and she was so sweet..she really is not a cuddler mare..but she did the darn-est thing...
she walked towards me and put her head ..right into me gently, as if hiding her face.
Oh Wa mare...sometimes you surprise me with such things!
I left the mares in their stalls with paddocks for the eve...to confine her movement some and make it easy to come in the morning, before work, and cold hose more, Bute if ness and then go from there.
I am disturbed with what could have changed...Pantz does not kick at Wa..she will fuss at the other horses and drive Wa away from the fence .
I have asked for a buffer fence always= between the mares and any other horses... proved the necessity this summer when Wa got nailed by Pantz.. (without injury) when expressed wishes were NOT followed ....horses were put right on the fence line and what I thought would happen DID.
I pray- that this kind of negligence has not occurred again. I KNOW my horses and what they do. Though unless someone Saw it occur ...we'll never know..and the horses won't tell either!
So, I left the mare...looking on for the deer parade to begin next door, in the tree farm.