Comet "smacked" her face on something. :-(
- From: JJ <jeffersonjj@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:34:59 -0800 (PST)
<sigh> She's OK. It's not serious...but the left side of her face is
ever so slightly swollen and tender if I push on it (I know, I know,
don't *do* that then!)...
Yesterday, I brought her in and noticed a little puffiness under her
left eye and a little patch of skin, where the hair had been rubbed
off. I mean very small...smaller than a pencil eraser in size. She's
done that sort of thing before over the years...I'm sure on the only
one. She'll get her head underneath the water bucket or corner feeder
and then lift her head and <bonk>, she catches her "eyebrow" area...
But this is the first time it was *under* her eye. But the eye itself
was fine...she showed no problems. We even had a very lovely ride.
No sign that her bridle was uncomfortable, so I didn't think anything
of it. She also had a tiny bit of blood in her left nostril, but
inspection with a flashlight seemed to show a little boo-boo right on
the edge of her nostril...not coming from up inside her sinus...looked
like she poked herself with something right on the edge?
Well, today, as I was putting on her halter to bring her in...I wasn't
sure, but her face looked "odd" to me...but I couldn't really stare at
her, since Addy and Liza where being silly in the pasture and running
Brought Comet in and really looked at her face and sure enough...it's
very slightly swollen. The same little "pooch" under the eye looks
the same, no worse...but the cheek bone and cheek were a little
swollen. I mean, you really have to look at her if you didn't know
her face like I do. It was slightly tender in one area...
I called the BO and asked if Comet was eating OK because at her age, I
thought it was *possible* it was a bad tooth (though the boo-boo under
the eye made me doubt that). Comet's eating fine...even "stealing"
some tid-bits from the other girl's stalls that they left behind. ;-)
Her breath was also fine...smelled like sweet hay breath. :-) No
blood in the nose or any sign of dried blood.
BO suggested I give her a gram of bute because her face was tender...I
don't normally bute for itty bitty boo-boos like this, but went ahead
this time. Her face was tender and so...one gram should be OK. I
also gave her a bit of probiotics and Comet was completely ticked off
at me. :-)
She takes the meds like a champ, but she will refuse to eat *anything*
afterwards...so no lunch, not even sugar cubes or grass! She will eat
again eventually, but will "sulk" like that for like 10-30 minutes
usually. She's not a dramatic mare by any means...very stoic, but she
will walk around sniffing the ground, acting like everything is just
gross! Ugh! Then she gets over it.
I'm guessing that she smacked her face on something. Perhaps while
rolling in her stall, or maybe she even fell asleep and fell down.
She has done that before...going down on her knees a couple of times.
There is no indication that she was kicked.
<sigh> I need to mount a camera on her head! So I know what is going
on! :-) I'd LOVE an Internet camera...but then, I'd never get any
Just sharing another horsey boo-boo mystery. We've all experienced
them. Happy Turkey Day to everyone! It's coming up fast. JJ and
Comet...(who was still Ugh! when JJ left today)
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