I got a new mare to bring on just after christmas and all was going well until last week. She cut her hind leg just above the fetlock a small nick. I put her on antibiotics and bathed it to keep it clean and never was lame. That was the Monday, on the Friday morning i went to muck out and it had swollen 3 times the size, she was still weight bearing but had the vet out again. She got a big dose of intravenous stuff and told to inject her twice the next day and bath it 4 times at least to keep circulation going and if infected.
On the sunday morning she was due to go back to the vets and when i was walking her back into the stable after bathing it, she suddenly snapped it up and was crippled on 3 legs.
My vet operated on her to see what was inside and flush anything out. Apparently the antibiotics were working but were just holding off the infection and then it got to her tendon sheath. My vets prognosis was not god, worse than a tendon injury as the tendon sheath cannot repair damage, so can inevitably cripple a horse.
She has been at the vets ever since and have been getting updated, the swelling is still there but starting to walk on the leg. She is coming home tonight with some 'aggressive' antibiotics and still to be bathed. She was being injected twice a day but i cant as the vet is big and he says they have to put her in the stocks and twitch her as she now detests it so much (who could blame her).
This week has been very long, please send healing thoughts to my poor 4yr old who i fear her career could have been over before it started.
If you have any positive stories please share and a warning for the smallest of cuts can be the worst!