Sunday, December 4, 2011
Quick Chrome Update - Kinda Gross Details LOL
Just wanted to drop in for an update about Chrome's exercise program and healing from his gelding/castration. Yesterday after doing some research online I started using a warm, wet rag to moisten his scabs with. So our routine is use the compress on the scabs, longe for five minutes at the trot, use compress, longe five minutes in the other direction, etc.
Yesterday I managed to get the scab off of the right side and all of the swelling was gone by the time we finished longeing, but the left side was still a little swollen. I kept soaking and very, gently rubbing the scab until I peeled up one side, but by that time he had started to sweat (don't want him sweating too much in this cold rain), so I called it a night.
Today I worked on both scabs. This time it was the opposite side. The whole scab came off of the left side and all of the swelling worked out of it. Then the right side was being stubborn. I finally got the scab off and the swelling down. I think this is the first time both have been even in days lol. I bet he feels SO much better. :D
So both scabs are removed and the swelling is down in both sides. His sheath is still full of fluid, but it doesn't bother him and it's completely normal. I'm glad we've found something that works finally. The only thing that concerns me now is the ridiculous amounts of rain we're getting (we've set new record rainfalls, are under flash flood warning and water is standing out in the pasture because it can't get into the pond) has the ground soooo wet. Chrome is still a bit unhappy about the longeing process and sometimes takes off cantering and slips around. I'm terrified of him falling or pulling a muscle. We're moving spots each time we work (which is horribly tearing up our grass), but if this keeps up (supposed to rain two more days) we are going to run out of spots!! I wish I had an indoor arena lol. I'll just try to keep him in grassy areas so he hopefully won't slip. He's doing pretty good about slowing down when he does slip and I'm walking a little to move the circle over during each lap.
Anyway this weekend was crazy like I expected, so I'll get Faran's post up tomorrow since I don't have to work (thank goodness!!). Later!