|After application of my equine nursing skills. The before photos are below (and somewhat gory).|
And I had to do just that yesterday evening. My barn owner let me know via text that the guy working at the barn said Limerick had a "bad cut" on one leg and it's not an "emergency" but definitely needs attention. He also said she wasn't lame and was eating her hay like normal. Nonetheless, I had so many scenarios running through my head.
When I arrived at the barn 1.5 hours later, Limerick was bright and alert. The damage to her leg was immediately obvious, but I was relieved to find that it was a case of "looks worse than it really is". After a few moments of cold-hosing, the wound's true form emerged as nothing more than a brutal scrape.
Endless globs of Neosporin, a large wound pad, VetRap and masking tape later, Lim's leg was nicely bandaged. As she had no heat, swelling, or lameness and the wound was not near a joint, I am optimistic about a quick recovery. Fingers crossed.