Jill called the vet to come see Scout's cut near his eye, and fortunately our regular vet was only a few towns over and was able to come right away. Scout was sedated, and the cut was stitched up. The eye itself is fine, which is good news. This morning, it was a little swollen but that's all, and it should heal up well.
* * * * * *
Pie had a brief tummy ache again last evening. He'd been in, eating his hay, and had eaten his dinner - it's just a half pound of vitamin/mineral balancer pellets with a little cocosoya oil. After a bit, he started getting grumpy - pinning his ears at me while I was grooming, not eating his hay and looking uncomfortable. Then he laid down (sternal, not flat) and was even groaning a bit. But no signs of severe pain - no rolling or pawing. Within an hour, he was fine again, and there was plenty of normal manure both before and after his episode. His feet were warm but not hot - this seems to be how they usually are in the evening. This morning his feet were cool.
This time there was no misfeeding to blame it on. I'm not sure what's going on - it doesn't happen every day - the last time it happened was over a week ago when the misfeeding occurred. It only has happened at afternoon feeding so far. And it doesn't last long, seems to resolve on its own and he's completely normal except for the brief periods when he's not.
There are a couple of possibilities - his permanent molars are still coming in, which means that his dental arcade isn't even. He also tends to eat really fast - his appetite for dinner is good. So perhaps he's not chewing his pellets thoroughly enough and they bother his stomach, and then his small intestine - food only stays in the stomach of the horse for about 15 minutes. Or he could have an ulcer in either his stomach or his small intestine. But his symptoms aren't quite typical for that - horses with ulcers usually show symptoms more consistently, particularly in the morning before feeding when the stomach is empty - but he's never yet had a problem in the morning. But I suspect he's a stoic, so it could be ulcers. Or he could be one of those horses with some sensitivity to weather changes involving big changes in pressure and temperature - we had a big temperature drop and big pressure increase last night. Or all of the above.
For now, I've put him on U-Gard two times a day just as a precaution, and we may also soak his pellets so they're softer. And then we'll just have to see what happens - horses can be a mystery sometimes.
* * * * * *
The horses are out today - wind chills are about -5C but the sun is bright. The wind is very sharp, and I don't know how long they'll want to stay out. Dawn is double-bagged - a heavyweight turnout over a medium weight - which should improve her staying power. I'll check on them later. It's good they're out now, since tomorrow will be colder and windier and they may not get out much if at all. But spring's not too far away (I keep telling myself . . .)!