So...Turbo, my Shetland pinto colt attempted to climb out of his corral yesterday morning, to no avail. Luckily he attempted this stupid feat while I was in the yard, otherwise I fear he may have done irreversible damage to his leg. He got his front left hoof over the top of the corral panel and then got his back legs through the bottom rungs. Because he was pushing on the fence, he managed to create a gap between the two panels and wedge his hoof inbetween, sliding up to his knee. He pinched his leg pretty good, the chain connecting the panels tore his leg open in two places. I was able to get him freed by cutting the chain with bolt cutters. After hosing the wounds out (had to sedate him to let me touch it) we determined that there wasn't much we could do to stitch it, and it looks like it will heal better from the inside out if allowed to drain. I can see his bone on the inside and the fluid swelling up on the top of his leg was disgusting. The swelling has gone down immensely this morning and surprisingly he isn't limping any more. I boosted his tetanus vaccine and have him on antibiotics as a precaution. If only stud colts would use the brain between their ears, instead of the one between their legs! Hopefully, he will make a full recovery, as he has such talent for jumping. I guess only time will tell.
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