Poor Red is really struggling with his confinement and how his leg feels. Early this morning I arrived at the barn to find him very agitated - despite Pie next door quietly munching hay. Red was churning around in his stall, was wide eyed and high headed, screaming and was kicking the floor constantly with his bandaged leg. And then he started lifting his hind leg and tearing at the bandage with his teeth and quickly succeeded in starting to tear it off.
Another call to the vet. I went in his stall, haltered him and tried to distract him so he'd stop tearing at his bandage and would kick less until the vet could get there. The only things that seemed to help were rubbing his hindquarters and tail - both done carefully to avoid getting kicked. He finally settled a bit with his butt to the stall door where I could stand outside and massage his tail through the bars.
When the vet got there, she gave him 1 cc of Ace IV and another IM, for a longer lasting effect, and gave him another 0.5 cc shot of Reserpine - that is the long-term sedative where we're trying to reach a loading dose. Since morning when the horses are turned out and I do the Pie/Dawn switch seems to give him the most trouble - and when he's worried he started kicking and trying to get his bandage off - the vet will come each morning to repeat the Ace and Reserpine. We'll stop adding Reserpine once he's calm on it without the Ace, or if he gets diarrhea from it we may have to continue the Ace. He also got another gram of bute to help with the swelling and soreness from all his moving around and kicking - the incision looks very good but there's a fair amount of swelling, which isn't helped by all the bandage changes we're doing - the bandages are supposed to stay on for two to three days. Poor fellow, he'd also developed rubs on the back of his pastern from the bandage which were also contributing to his irritation - he got some medicine on those.
Red noticed when I did the Pie/Dawn switch, and was still kicking a little but not as much, and as I left he gave a couple of whinnies that were subdued versions of his usual scream.
Now, if the vet had just had some medicine to give me . . .