|A pic from today to show the location of both wounds|
On Tuesday the area was a little less swollen and had scabbed over a bit. Getting better, I thought.
Then today when I brought him in from the field to ride the injured area was much less swollen than the past two days, and a clearish liquid with some blood was oozing from it and drying on his lower leg (no pus). I decided to do another good scrub with betadine to disinfect and see what was really going on in there. When I did I found what looks like a puncture in the center.
It was really warm outside today so I couldn't tell for sure whether there was any extra warmth around the wound area, but I cleaned it really well and scrubbed off all the crusties and dirt. While cleaning I squeezed the swollen area all around (which Charlie love, obviously, but was very tolerant for) trying to find a pocket of fluid or anything that might have been stuck in there, but I couldn't express anything other than a little blood.
My gut reaction, if it is a puncture, is to try to keep the area open and draining; I know with punctures if there is anything in there that still needs to come out you don't want to seal it up. I also want to keep it clean, though, and keep the flies away. That's why I was leaning toward the furazone because it tends to be goopy enough to keep out the bugs - more so than neosporin - and in my experience is less likely to dry out a wound and cause it to scab over (plus it's kind of a cure-all wonder drug).
To me the tissue looks pink and healthy, not red and not dried out or dying. I'm hoping it might just continue to drain itself if I keep it moist and clean and eventually it will heal from the inside out....I have some SMZs but I'm reluctant to start antibiotics on a whim, although maybe it's better to give him that extra boost to help prevent any infection?
Who knows what Charlie got into but this is the third inner hind leg injury he's had in the last couple of months. Maybe he's catching himself with a hind foot, although he has no shoes on so he'd have to get himself pretty hard. Could be a bug or tick bite that got infected. Makes me think of bot flies, honestly, but they don't usually burrow into horses legs like that, and it's still early in the season. And that would be really gross.
I honestly think he might have gotten a small splinter or something stuck in there awhile ago (maybe a thorn from a bush while on a trail ride?) that now has worked it's way up and out. That would explain why there didn't seem to be a cut earlier in the week but now it looks like something exploded out of his leg.
Anyone ever dealt with anything similar and have suggestions on how I should be treating it?
Oh, and we're also dealing with this raw spot under his jaw where (I'm pretty sure) either Colby or Leo got too rough playing fly mask tag and pulled off a bunch of hair and some skin. Ouch. Some friends. lol