Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pie's Hematoma Decides it Needs to See the Vet, and Miss Stands Alone

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!

3 comments:

  1. Hope it can be cleared up quickly.

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  2. Poor Pie, poor pocketbook.

    My old horse had a hematoma on his stifle once...twice actually. Once drained, once just treated with DMSO for days. Not sure which was better, but the draining cured it faster.

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  3. As Gilda Radner used to say "It just goes to show you it's always something!" Hope Pie heals quickly. Miss sounds like she's settled in nicely.

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