Yesterday was a rough day. I’m on a night schedule, so I had my phone silenced and didn’t get the text from my trainer at 8am that Odie, the infamous Evil Burrito and ultimate snuggle-donk, was completely three-legged lame. She called DH, who went out and caught him and looked at him, and was concerned that his right hind pastern or fetlock had sustained a major injury. Totally not weight-bearing, warm, and one angry little burro if you try to touch it, but hopping around grazing.
Anyways, I cried all the way to the barn to meet with the vet on an emergency call. Odie’s attitude was normal, and once the vet showed up, he was very willing to hop away from the vet and came down out of the paddock. Vet was able to examine everything (after happy drugs for grumpy donkey) and doesn’t feel there is a fracture, thinks abscess. We’re treating it as an abscess right now. The vet and I picked Odie up and put him my 2H with hay and water, for DH to transport later to where he boards, as they had an empty stall they were going to let us use.
So, jingles for my little guy. He is apparently very angry, tried to kick DH with his good foot and as DH said, “when I slid his halter on in the trailer and it flattened his ears, once I got the halter on…the ears didn’t come back up.”
Also, anyone experienced this with a rear foot abscess? I have never had to deal with one, just on the fronts, and that can definitely make them non-weight-bearing. Vet stuck a needle in to hopefully make a track near a little crusty spot that may have been where it had popped and then closed (barf, I didn’t watch), and wrapped the crap out of the foot and gave him a long-lasting antibiotic. Hopefully he’ll be fine in a few days, if not we can either try another antibiotic shot or knock him all the way down for some pictures :(.