**this post contains graphic pics**
The vet was out Tuesday. Unfortunately that is my one 'day shift' at work so I wasn't around but Pie was here to assist. He did pretty good for being a non horsey hubbie.
Today was the first bandage change and my first really good look at what we're dealing with, it was quite a mess before the vet cleaned it up.
We will never know for sure how he did it, but the working consensus is that he got his leg caught in the feeder or was in the feeder and one of the other horses took after him and he banged it/scraped/gouged it getting out of the way.
Fortunately he managed to miss anything important such as tendons or tendon sheaths. But it is bad, and it will be a long time healing. Right now the estimate is 3-4 months of bandage changing, probably 10-12 months until it's fully healed. Seeing as he's a colt and still growing that should help minimize how bad the scar will be when he's an adult and he should have no physical problems with that leg.
So here y'all go, as of today this is what its looking like:
his legs aren't really that bad conformationally,
this is just a bad pic and he was being pissy
full view of the worst of it
his little tail was in the way enough
to need to be knotted out of the way
close up, steam rising because it had just been cleaned
yep, that's bone you see
this is what has me worried the most
I'm very grateful to have a friend that lives nearby that came to help me with this initial bandage change. I'll confess I'm not very good at wrapping legs. Scott lives just down the road and breeds/trains/shows horses, and thankfully he's had a lot of experience with stuff like this.