Guys, this sucks so much.
Our gelding was moved to a nice little barn about an hour away for two months of pro training (and lessons for both of us) since he has been sitting for two years, and we need help addressing his pull back issue. Barn is a little too far away for long term comfort but we love the trainer.
Prior to this, he had a cracked molar extracted — no infection, thankfully. Quick and uncomplicated. He also had the nasal strangles vaccine since he was
moving to a public barn and strangles can be a problem here.
The day before last, my trainer texted me saying the hollow space above his eye was a little swollen. Vet said likely a reaction to the block they used and to watch it and use a compress.
Then yesterday, I receive this picture:
Emergency vet is called and I cancel everything to drive down there. I arrive right as the vet is wrapping up…after sedation and a stain etc he has a large abrasion on his eye. He is started on banamine, eye drops and a lotion that is applied to the skin around his eye (I will get the names of the meds today when I go back down to check on him).
The swelling improved with a compress but as you can see from the below photos, it is still quite severe above that eye. Hot to the touch. Vet wasn’t sure that the facial swelling is directly related to the ulcer, and she took blood to look for possible systemic issues but since we didn’t get a call last night I am assuming nothing of note was found.
We are to medicate him frequently throughout the next few days and I am putting a UV protective fly mask on him today. She is calling back on Monday to reassess.
I feel terrible for my poor fellow. And of course, this happens right when we move him to a boarding facility. Does anyone have any ideas what the swelling might be? If it is not improved by Mon I believe we will haul him to the clinic for more evaluation. I am wondering if he smacked his head or something is bothering him there, and he worried at it and scratched his eye as a result.
Temp, appetite, personality, bowels all normal. Pics below are from during the vet’s visit.