As Amy, our p.m. barn lady, put in the comments to the last post, my internet was down all night so I couldn't update about Dawn. As she said in the comments, the bleeding had stopped when I checked Dawn's mouth at 8 p.m. She had rinsed her mouth out using her partly iced-up unheated bucket - there was blood in the water - she usually only drinks out of her heated bucket so maybe the cold felt good. She had smeared blood all over the walls of her stall, rubbing her muzzle to get rid of the blood. At 10 p.m. I went back and offered her a bit of hay - she was very glad to have it although eating was clearly somewhat uncomfortable - she was twisting her head from side to side and thinking about it very hard, and making an unusual grinding noise as she chewed. But the hay was going in, and chewing didn't start the bleeding again, so I gave her the rest of her evening hay - she was very happy about that. Although she was uncomfortable, she clearly wasn't in distress.
This morning she had eaten every shred of her hay, and was happy for more. Even though I soaked her pellets, she really couldn't eat them and showed her frustration, or perhaps pain, by running her front teeth up and down the wall, so I took the pellets away. She let me look at the front of her mouth, and also showed no sensitivity whatsoever to my poking and prodding the outside of her mouth and along her jaws. She was not quite as "bright" as she usually is - perhaps a little depressed because of the discomfort - but the hay is going in the front end and the manure is coming out the back end, which is the most important thing.
I spoke to our dentist Mike Fragale this morning by phone, and he suggested having the vet out to determine what's going on - if it is a dental rather than a soft tissue problem he may be able to come and deal with it. So the vet is scheduled for noon time today - she'll sedate Dawn and have a look see.
This morning I investigated the scene of the crime (so to speak). As our barn lady had said, there was a lot of blood - warning: if you're squeamish, there are gory pictures ahead. Whatever happened apparently occurred right at bring-in time and in the immediate vicinity of the gate. The blood outside the gate probably happened when she hung her head over the fence. Here's what I found:
Dawn seems to always find new and creative ways to injure herself or get into trouble!
Now for some happier horse photos - everyone was snuggled up in their winter blankets and eating from the round bales - our highs today are only supposed to make it up into the teens F with wind chills in the single digits. This morning the wind chills were slightly below zero.
Here's Fritz being curious (he's wearing a Dover turnout blanket):
Here's Scout in his Turtleneck, with Pie behind:
Here's Pie in his medium-weight Brookside turnout blanket:
Sugar is wearing Blackjack's old heavy turnout blanket - I'm not sure of the brand - but it fits her very well:
Dawn, being the princess that she is, had two turnout blankets in addition to her rain sheet - one is a medium-weight Brookside like Pie's and here she is in her heavy-weight Rambo with insulated neck - she looks toasty-warm to me:
Dawn says: "Who, me? What did I do?":
I'll update once the vet has visited.