FRIDAY IS UPDATE DAY: Bodhi’s gash popped open!






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Our Bucket Fund dividend for the month of December.
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BODHI’S OWIE POPPED!

UGH.

I so wanted this to simply heal up and be easy… but it wasn’t so.

(To read about Bodhi’s injury, click here.)

Yup… the usual vet came by on Friday and pulled the drain.  I wasn’t there.

As an aside, I love a vet who will come out and fix your horse, even if you aren’t there.  Love that.  Thank you, Mike.

Anyway, he pulled the drain and said it looked pretty good!

Well… he didn’t say it looked pretty good, he left a note written on roll paper that was stuck to my hose holder.

Love that!

So, when I fed on Friday night, I felt pretty good about things…

ON SATURDAY I fed in the morning, and his wound looked weepy and swollen.  Later that night, it looked worse.

ON SUNDAY… this actually happened…I had my headlamp on because I had to feed early.  I was shining the light right on his side while feeding him because I was looking at the wound.  Bodhi took a big sigh (because he loves his food) and it popped.

Literally.

Boom!   Plafffy plop!  Fluid drained and it came apart like a zipper.

Ugh.

So, I called the vet.

He came out again on Monday and left another note written on roll paper and stuck to the hose holder.  The note said that he thought it didn’t look that bad ‘considering…’ and that I should flush it daily and put an antibiotic cream on it.

And that is exactly what I’ve been doing – mostly.  As you all know by now, my GO TO cream for just about everything is THE BALM!  So, after feeding Bodhi near my hose with the appropriate nozzle spray, I schmeared the Balm all over the freshly flushed wound that day and every day since.

*I also had a tester of Emu Oil.  I didn’t really want to use it because I felt badly for the emu.  The only way to get Emu Oil is to kill the emu.  I’d rather find a friendlier method of healing my horse than Emu Oil.  But, I did have the sample so I also used that in there today.  We’ll see if there is any difference.  Of course, one day probably won’t show anything…  Emu Oil is supposed to be a skin and healing wonder drug…  But again, for me, I’d rather not use a product that takes the life of another being.

Bodhi's beautiful stitch and sealed repair didn't last...

Bodhi’s beautiful stitch and sealed repair didn’t last…

Yup, Bodhi's incision popped all the way open like a zipper.  The old vet told me to flush it really well daily and apply antibiotic cream.  So, I have been hosing it well and schmearing THE BALM! (EquiSpa) on it twice daily - especially if he rolls...
Yup, Bodhi’s incision popped all the way open like a zipper. The old vet told me to flush it really well daily and apply antibiotic cream. So, I have been hosing it well and schmearing THE BALM! (EquiSpa) on it twice daily – especially if he rolls…  The stuff under the wound is Vaseline.  This keep the weeping serum from irritating his coat.
Bodhi at the washing station... I feed him while I hose the wound.  He lets me, thank HorseGod.  Then, I slather in THE BALM.  I put Vaseline under and Voila!  I'll keep you posted.

Bodhi at the washing station… I feed him while I hose the wound. He lets me, thank HorseGod. Then, I slather in THE BALM. I put Vaseline under and Voila! I’ll keep you posted.


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3 comments have been posted...

  1. Alexis Madison

    Your sterile “medical maggots” should also work well on the gashes esp. if there’s a “pocket” between underlying muscle and skin where skin was pulled away. I used these successfully with my old Saddlebred, never did figure out how he cut open a huge slice of his neck. Thanks to the little icky “gobblers” he healed without a scar. Amazing!

    Now – off topic, some updated info specifically about the person who caused the death of Elsa:

    Elsa and Anna’s owner, Sonn Kent Berrett, will appear in the Iron County Justice Court for an arraignment March 25. [He was charged Jan. 2 per online newspaper “the spectrum.com” on 1/21/14 but the DA’s office stated 1/21 that “charges won’t be changed from 2 Class B misdemeanors.]
    Berrett has been charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, two counts of failure to obtain a dog license and two counts of failure to obtain rabies vaccination. [Class B misdemeanors.]
    Source: Fox13now.com
    (date: 1/20/14)

    There seems to be a local community push to have Berrett be responsible for all the rescue costs as part of any restitution. Local news reports talk about vigils by Berrett’s Enoch City, Utah, residence. Many are also calling for further state investigation including possible child neglect – these comments are anecdotal, btw, taken from comments sections in media reports as well as social media.

    If there are Utah area readers here they may wish to join the people planning to attend the arraignment, write letters to the assigned Judge, Margaret Miller, in Iron County Justice Court, Enoch City vs Sonn Kent Berrett, Case No. 141000038, and the prosecutor, and generally show how the community truly feels about this horrific and agonizing – and NEEDLESS – death.

    At least one local police officer, Sgt Mike Berg, Enoch (Utah) Police Dept, has stated that upon death of the foal “at least one of the charges could be upgraded to a felony.” Perhaps concerted efforts of the local citizenry expressing outrage at Elsa’s death, so preventable, would achieve this goal.

    Although Sonn Kent Berrett (according to news reports) claimed he “could not afford to feed the horses” he actually has a good job – with Southern Utah University (athletics department), which declined to comment, stating “By University policy, we do not comment on the private lives of personnel.” Seems to me there should be strong student activism surrounding not only the policy but about the fact that someone has committed such horrific crimes that they should NOT be allowed to continue working there!

  2. dawndi Post author

    Sure, please send a sample. I would love to try!
    Horse & Man, 15224 Cottrell Road, Grass Valley, CA 995949

  3. Mindy

    eeek! it popped like a zipper! i’ll bet that was totally scary. and gross.

    i don’t usually do this, but i do know a product that will really help and no emu’s have to die to make it ;) it’s called Young Living Essential Oils. i’ve been using them on my animals (and kids) for 17 years and have had nothing but wonderful results. these oils and other healing balms, cleaning supplies, etc work wonders! they help balance the system, they boost the immune system and they battle bacteria and germs.

    years ago i had a mare kick through a smooth wire fence and severe the main tendon in her hind leg. i immediately began applying oils, called the vet, had her stitched and they put a cast on her leg as well. i dripped the oils down inside that cast every day, then every other day. she healed faster than she should have and didn’t even have a scar! she was an arabian mare with most beautiful dressage movement. she went on to become a trakehner approved broodmare, because of her movement! no sign that she had ever severed that tendon.

    i have many more stories, but instead of taking up your blog with them i’ll include my website and you can read them for yourself. if you are interested please let me know and i’ll be happy to send you some more information and i’ll do a little testing and send you a free sample of an oil that i think will help :)

    http://www.theessentialhorse.com

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