We have a somewhat new gelding named Commander on the ranch. He is a great horse. Unfortunately not long after he arrived, he injured himself by trying to jump over a fence. The wire scraped him up and my husband, Lane, was doctoring his scraps with a spray anti-septic and liquid wound care. His wounds were healing nicely, but all of a sudden his chest began to swell.
Lane took him to the local veterinarian. The doctor said Commander was pigeon-breasted because he had an abscess in his chest like an internal blood blister. She drained the area and instructed Lane how to flush the drain out daily for a week. After the required time period, Commander’s chest looked the same. It was still hard to the touch. Nothing had changed except that something was hanging out of the drain. Lane knew something was not quite right.
He called the veterinarian again and made an appointment for that afternoon. The head veterinarian saw our horse. The doctor examined Commander and determined that the wound was full of scar tissue. He made a larger incision for the drain hole. Through the hole, he began removing the scar tissue. He then flushed out the area with a water hose.
Now Lane has to flush it twice a day with a water hose. He also has to apply an aspirin solution to the outside of his wound. Commander’s chest has to heal from the inside out. It has already improved.
We are looking forward to the day when Lane does not have to flush Commander’s wound and our horse’s health is restored. We love our animals at Cross Creek Cattle Company and work hard to do what is best for them.