A rattlesnake in our backfield bit Gabriel on his left front leg. It was scary for all of us… most of all him. He is recovering nicely so far. Boy, he really had a huge leg — swollen 6x the normal size, so bad it was cracking the skin. When I found him he was colicking, too. And in shock… a lot of pain. He couldn’t walk, only buck about 5′ in the air and lunge forward. I gave him banamine as soon as I found him, and also some Maalox-like stuff that Jeannie gave me for the colic. The emergency vet came out and gave him steroids and antibiotics. Poor, poor boy. After the vet left we needed to load him on a trailer to move him to the house. We couldn’t lead him there because all he could do was lunge forward up in the air then thrash around. It was very scary for all of us. Gabriel too. Jeff took charge and assisted Gabriel the 150’ to the trailer. Gabriel knew that he needed to get to the trailer… and did load up easier than I thought. Unbelievable horse. He is resting in the field in front of the house and doing well. He is a good patient. He is on Banamine and SMZ morning and evening. I hose his leg morning and evening with cool water and also use poultice on it and wrap it. I give him lots of kisses and hugs. What a great horse he is.
Boy this has made me mow and weed eat everything in site. Jeff has been brush hogging all day. Lynne Johnson sent me more banamine and poultice … and lots of great advice.
Thank you to Dayton Veterinary Services, Dr. Burkholder DVM and Commonwealth Equine’s Dr Lynne Johnson DVM for their help and care of Gabriel.