These pictures were taken on Thursday, five days after the
fight. Her left knee was swollen; the main wound on the inside of the knee is actually Z-shaped. It
was leaking clear serum, from the swelling, but the stitches were holding. Above it is a smaller
wound, which did not require suturing. On the outside of the left leg is a slice similar to that on
the outside of the right leg, a little lower and somewhat smaller. The slice on the right leg is
over 2 inches long. All three of these required sutures.
However, she was putting full weight on the leg right after the injury and was never
lame. Despite the depth of the cuts and the number of stitches, no bones got chipped, and no
After I took the pictures, we rebandaged her, and I took her
for hand-walking. She had not stocked up on stall rest, and was getting 20 minutes of hand-walking
twice a day. You can see that she's putting full weight on the worse-injured front leg. Although it
doesn't show in the scan, one of her hind-leg injuries showed in the print--just above the hock on
the left leg, she had a linear mark with the hair off, which just missed damaging that tendon.
I've decided this is a lucky mare. She's been hurt twice now, and neither time has
damaged anything critical. I hope she stays that lucky--and to help her out, I'm going to keep her
away from gray horses. Both times she's been hurt, it's been a gray horse.