Warning - If you are squeamish you may not want to look at the below photos.
When I got home from work last night I immediately went outside to turn Roz and Emi out. Emi has to wear her grazing muzzle right now because she is chubby and the grass if coming on like crazy. I turned them out and came back a little over an hour later. I caught Emi out in the field, taking her grazing muzzle off and just putting her halter on so we could do a little ground work. I took her up to the barn and did a couple of things on her left side and was preparing to move to her right side. All of the sudden she turned her whole head around to look at me and I saw that she had a cut above her right eye. I took a quick look at it before calling the vet. I had to run back to the house for my purse and keys, then we were off.
Emi weighed in at 900lbs! I can't believe she's that huge. She was 820 or something close to that when she was hospitalized in November. After getting her vitals she was sedated so that they could flush her eye and the wound. They palpated around her eye to make sure there weren't any noticeable fractures (in case she may have run into something or gotten kicked). Everything checked out okay. After examining both eyes they stained the right eye to check for injuries. There was no uptake of the stain so everything checked out fine.
Next it was time to get some sutures going. She got some additional sedation to keep her still, along with local blocks. The vet was really careful to get things lined back up well so hopefully she will heal with minimal (or less noticeable) scarring. She got an antibiotic injection and has to wear eye protection for the next two weeks (until the sutures come out).
This morning the injury looked good. It was not easy to apply the eye ointment as instructed but we'll keep working on it. We only have to do that for a week so I'm sure that will go by fast. I'm so glad that her eye itself was not involved and that it was caught with in an hour of happening. It's nights like last night that I'm thankful she loads and hauls well as it was no big deal to get her in there. It should heal quickly and hopefully we won't have any complications.
|My pirate pony|
|How it looked this morning|