Pie has had a nasty hematoma on his neck since last Thursday - he came in from the pasture with it. It looked like another horse had grabbed and held on, breaking some blood vessels under the skin, but didn't really break the skin - there were just some areas where the hair was gone. It was about baseball size to start. Over the weekend, it went down a little, wasn't hot to the touch and he wasn't concerned about it. Today . . . uh oh . . .
The hematoma is larger, more extensive in area and quite warm to the touch. After giving me a break in January and February - no vet visits and not even a call to the vet - the gods of veterinary medicine, and the hematoma, have conspired to decide that a vet visit was necessary. Clearly we (and my pocketbook) weren't receiving enough veterinary attention.
So the vet is coming tomorrow morning. I'm expecting we'll have a course of antibiotics, and perhaps she'll want to drain it - I suspect we've go an abscess going.
The good news is Pie is happy and feeling good otherwise - we even rode a bit today and although I had intended to only walk, he said that trotting and cantering were good too, so we did some of that.
Today, Miss and I just walked since she'd been slightly footsore yesterday. She walked out very nicely, and we worked on our bending and our halt/walk/halt transitions with some backing added in from time to time.
Miss is happiest when there's another horse in the ring, but she got to stand alone today - we were riding with another horse, and then that horse left the ring - she was all alone! She was slightly anxious at first, but quickly settled and we finished our work very nicely. Then she followed me all around the ring as I picked up several piles of manure - good Miss!