Coronet Band Injury/Splint? *slightly graphic pics*

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  1. DocsLglyBlonde

    DocsLglyBlonde Senior Member+

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    Ugh. So sometime in the morning before breakfast, Samson managed to injure himself :( He is my old gelding, and the only thing that I can think of is that he freaked out at something (animal in the barn, fireworks, flies... I really have absolutely no idea). Especially if it was an animal, he is very protective of the barn and his fwendsies there :eek: So anyways, I went out this morning to find his only water bucket in his stall completely trashed and on the ground. He had actually pierced his nose straight through the nostril (I have ABSOLUTELY no clue how he did this), then looked like he was itching it because there was blood on the walls of his stall. Then he had a piece of his hoof, right on the coronary band avulsed with what looked like a puncture. I believe he also has a splint on the same leg, but tell me what you think of it. The bump on his leg is hard, and the whole leg is starting to swell now. He did not seem lame, though I was not making him move much, but was very very freaked out. I cleaned everything very well and iced both front legs, ran out to buy no bows and standing wraps and now plan to ice again for another 30 minutes and wrap with standing wraps/no bows after. I think I will ice a third time then wrap overnight. He got 2 tablets (I believe it was 1 mg each... I read the directions just do not remember) of Bute and will get two more tonight. He is on stall rest now with his hoof wrapped including the pastern. Tell me what you think, whether I should get the vet or farrier out for his hoof/pastern and/or possible splint, and also any suggestions/tips to a nice recovery would be awesome. How long do you think I should keep him on stall rest for? I definitely will until I am positive that his cornet wound will not get infected, and will see how it goes with his leg. Should he be on antibiotics at all? A stronger pain med? Thanks you :(

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    (He had Corona Ointment on his nose, and the Vetwrap is not tight at all, I know it is not the best but he was not behaving, understandably, while I was doing it)
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  2. XxLiveToRidexX

    XxLiveToRidexX Senior Member+

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    Are you sure it isn't just an abscess?

    He looks to have tall heels.
     
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  3. GotaDunQH

    GotaDunQH Senior Member+

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    The split in his hoof looks like an abcess that popped. (And to the above ^....ya this horse has way too much hoof!). As for the bucket and the noce...ouuch!!!!
     
  4. silverblu

    silverblu Senior Member+

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    I have seen horses rub their nose on those bucket handle hinges and get a nostril caught in them. I always wrap a strip of duct tape or vetwrap around them. That would pretty much explain the whole mess. They do react pretty violently when that happens.
     
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  5. XxLiveToRidexX

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    I always wrap mine too!
     
  6. all4him

    all4him Senior Member+

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    Definitely looks like he got the bucket stuck in his nose. I agree about the abcess.
     
  7. Cara

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    I agree with the others. Hope he heals up nice and quick :)
     
  8. DocsLglyBlonde

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    I do not want to dismiss anyone's thoughts about it being an abcess, because I can see exactly why you would say that, but I have to say that I would bet money that it is not a ruptured abcess (and I am pretty frugal :wink:) . He was not lame at all beforehand, he is not lame now (just walked him a teensy bit while soaking his hoof), and I think it would be one heck of a coincidence if he hurt himself and an invisible abcess ruptured all in one morning. BUT... I just wrapped up all of my bucket handle hook thingys. I check my buckets to make sure the rubber stoppers are on the handles and that they are not bent, but I never would have thought that that could have happened... but then again, when it comes to horses and accidents, what can't happen?! I would not have thought that he could have bent the handle like that and used that much force without ripping through his nostril! I'm starting to think that he was itching (which he has been doing a lot due to bugs/allergies) on the bucket, got his nose caught, freaked out, then interfered by stepping on the hoof that is now injured. The swelling in his leg is minimal and it seems to be ok, so I do not think it is a splint like I had initially thought (especially if he had not gotten his hoof caught and pulled back). He is still on stall rest until I am sure that cut will not get infected. Poor boy. I told him, I had no idea he wanted his nose pierced so badly! He could have gone about it a little more gracefully and less traumatically than that :rolleyez:


    Getting iced and being a good boy
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    Avulsed piece of hoof
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    Look at the bruising on his poor wittle nosey :(
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  9. silverblu

    silverblu Senior Member+

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    Probably beat up his leg trying to get free of the bucket. Poor guy!
     
  10. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    Abscesses do not necessarily equate to lameness. Many an abscess has been discovered upon bursting and the horse showed no visible signs of lameness.

    The presentation looks exactly like an abscess venting at the coronet band. Many abscesses also cause some degree of leg swelling
     
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