January 3, 2015
Winter is officially here. The local weather has so far lived up to it’s predictions for having below average temperatures and above average precipitation this season. The high today was 19 with high wind gusts. Ouch! That really cuts into riding time. Since about Christmas we’ve also had some extremely heavy fog and mist all throughout the day.
I have one other change in my life that has cut into horsey time, and that is…I’m pregnant! Baby number two is on the way! Our next little girl will arrive mid may. Wearing coveralls and several layers of clothing isn’t so fun these days. But, I’m not going to let this stop me. Yesterday I bundled up and went outside to brave the cold and check on my ponies. I haven’t been able to do much at all with them because of the weather besides feed them and give them a scratch, so they’re both out of shape. It’s amazing how long it takes to get into shape compared to how little time it takes to get out of shape. For exercise, Kona rode in a lesson and I longed Hot Rod.
It’s always good to take off your horse’s blankets frequently during bad weather to groom then and give then a good check for wounds. While grooming Hot Rod I ran into this little problem. It had obviously happened a few days before I was able to get to it, unfortunately. Caring for winter wounds has it’s ups and downs. I love that it was cold enough the wound practically froze, leaving it really clean. If this were summer it would be a gross, gooey mess. The downside is, I can’t just walk him over to the washrack and hose his leg down. He’d have an icicle for a leg! So I did the best I could and started by clipping the hair around the wounds so I could get a better look. I picked off all the scabs to check for infection and proud flesh development. I then disinfected it and ended by putting a thick salve on the scrapes.
A couple days later I washed the area with water and Betadine and this is how it looked. There are still a couple spots that might leave a tiny scar, but for the most part it looks good. I scrubbed all the proud flesh out of the wounds and applied more salve. If these wounds were deeper with more proud flesh I would not use a salve, but something more caustic. Thankfully, these were not deep. I can’t wait for warmer temperatures and more outside time. Enjoy the break while you can, Hot Rod and Kona!