As most of you may know Amy had a rather big accident recently, I have been giving up dates via the facebook page and will continue to do so but will also give a summary of each week following everything from what she is eating, doing, feeling and any vet information. This blog post will however be a longer one as it will be a little bit of a story time post as well (bare with me)
I would also say sit down and get comfortable, grab a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or two but only if you are okay with blood as there is a picture that will be included that has a lot of blood.
DAY OF THE ACCIDENT
On Saturday morning (23/06/2018) I had just finished feeding the girls and I was ready to head off to work. Amy decided that she wanted to have a taste of pip’s feed and so i decided to move it so they couldn’t see each other. All was well and then amy decided to kick out like her usual self running around like a crazy mare but she kicked to close to the shed and her hoof struck the shed there was no join so she actually put a hole right through it and then pulled it out, it all seemed to happen in slow motion and then she galloped off, after she galloped off i noticed something on the shed and you guessed it, it was blood.
(Picture of the shed)
Amy then came bounding past me with a loud squishing sound and blood pouring out everywhere, i grabbed the first aid kit and my phone and messaged our agistment owner Jenny “i need help” while Jenny came down i chased amy around the paddock and into a small yard meanwhile her foot was actually flapping about with blood left, right and center. At this point pip was a little confused and looking at us like ‘can i have my food back yet’. Once Jenny arrived (we were at around 5 minutes since it had happened) we got amy into a smaller yard/stall and Jenny called the vet while i was frantically trying to call a good friend who works at a vet and the picture below is what we were looking at, at around the 10 minute mark
At around the 12-15 minute mark Jenny told me i needed to try and get some pressure onto it to stop the bleeding, i ran to my car and grabbed my helmet and without much confidence or trust in my baby girl i went head first and tried my best to put pressure onto her hoof. The blood wasn’t slowing down and as Jenny describes it “like pouring a cup of tea”, her blood was so hot and bright red and i went through steri pads like they were going out of fashion…
We hit the 20 minute mark and it was like something had come over me and i just grabbed her leg and began wrapping it with blood running all over my shoes, Jods and hands covered in it i just kept reassuring Amy with “its okay its just mumma” ” its okay mum is here” while Jenny held her and tried to talk to me and her to keep me calm. Believe it or not but the photo above was just the beginning, you would have thought i had killed someone there. At this point i was still in shock, as the vet arrived we hit the 25-30 minute mark. I began to get a little upset but still wasn’t completely mess i think that was due to the shock and adrenaline.. although i do think amy came out of the shock of it all and started to feel the pain and understand what was going on. Pip at this stage was standing around 5 meters away pooping like there was no tomorrow clearly she was very nervous and stressed about what was going on, she stayed in that spot the whole time the vet was there.
When the vet arrived he came right over and gave her something to sedate her, then if i recall right her gave her a nerve blocker just above the area and then tightly wrapped a tourniquet (a black rubber type bandage thats not a bandage type thing) which was to help stop the blood from coming down i think… he then washed it all out and had a look at what he was dealing with reassuringly telling us this is the worst one he has ever seen. He then checked the joint and flushed out the area with a needle. What we now know is that she cut through the coronary band, an artery and through her coffin joint, she was then stitched back together as best he could while she moved around, she was given more sedation as it was becoming hard and dangerous for him while he was working so close to her, he also ended up putting a twitch on her upper lip/nose which gave me a good giggle as she did look quite funny. The purpose of a twitch is for her to focus on that rather than everything else that is going on.
We are now at the 1 hour mark since it all happened, the vet wrapped her foot up and gave me and Jenny instructions on what to do from then on. He also gave the sentence all horse owners (and other pet owners) dread.
After minimal sleep i woke up and to be completely blunt and honest I didn’t want to go to the paddock.. in my heart i did but in my gut i honestly thought i would turn up to a dead horse, there is just no nice way to put that. At 9am on the 24/06/2018 the vet arrived and administered eritromisin and a few other drugs and asked me if i have had a think about the conversation that we had the day before. At this point in time amy wasn’t showing any signs of infection (lameness, swelling and heat) in fact she was putting all her weight on it. Jenny then met me at 5pm to administer her penicillin.
Monday the 25/06/2018 the vet arrived at the paddock at 6.30am to give her a few injections that only he can administer. We are now at day three being the 26/06/2018 the vet arrived at around 6.30am to change Amy’s dressings and look at the stitches.
(Picture quality wasn’t fantastic as this was at 6.30am it was still dark)
Wednesday the 27/06/2018 the vet arrived again at 6.30am the administer this last round of antibiotics, pain medication and such and then left me with some oral bute 5ml per day and to continue with the penicillin 20mls twice a day which Jenny has been helping to administer.
I had the day off so i decided to knock up some temporary yards for amy to go into while i cleaned out her little stall. I was intending on letting her stay in there for around and hour or so, so she could have some grass and a little roll but someone… AMY decided to spin around multiple times and kicking out so back into the small little stall it was.
Friday 29/06/2018 amy still has no lameness or swelling, our pour little pincushion as Jenny calls her, is still going strong. Her stall was becoming very yuck, stinking and starting to get muddy so i had some sand delivered from Newcomb sand and soil Torquay and with prompt delivery the sand arrived in the afternoon which meant i could make her living arrangements a little more comfortable at the same time giving Jenny a heart attack as the sound of the truck tipping the sound, sounded just like when amy kicked the shed.
One week since it all happened and amy had her dressing changed at 1.30pm by the vet, she was sedated and we got a good look at the stitches and the area, it looks to be healing really well and we still have no signs of infection, as we had no infection in the first five days we have less chance of infection from here on out BUT that doesn’t mean she cannot get and infection. I have now been instructed to finish the bottles of penicillin and continue the bute once a day and then start her onto ilium sulprim another antibiotic to help prevent infection etc which she will go on one day after finishing the penicillin having 2 1/2 scoops into her food twice a day.
Thankyou to everyone for all your prayers, thoughts and help. A special thanks to Jenny who has been more than helpful with everything and to the girls from across the road (Hannah and Charlotte) for checking on me and amy, making sure everything was okay and sorted.
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Goodwoods cloud lite rug-http://goodwoods.com.au/600-denier-combo-100-gram-fill.html
Secondhand Roma hay bag
Hay nets brand is unknown but they were from horseland
Black Saxon Jods-https://www.horseland.com.au/saxon-cotton-pull-on-jodhpurs-ii-black.html
Flexi tubs- https://www.bunnings.com.au/ezy-storage-42l-grey-rattan-flexi-tub_p2583857
Mineral block- Torquay stock feeds (you can also get them at horseland)
Saxon rug (pip)-https://www.horseland.com.au/saxon-600d-with-buckle-combo-medium.html
Roma fluro green bandage-https://www.horseland.com.au/roma-cohesive-bandages-1022100.html
HV POLO halter- https://www.horseland.com.au/hv-polo-genessee-headcollar-flower-print.html