Bandage Off

Olivia   October 28, 2015   7 Comments on Bandage Off

You know what’s fun? Trying to do wound care at a barn without electricity when the sun sets at 6:15. And trying to cut off a bandage with shitty scissors by yourself because your husband is stuck at work and without the ace you planned on using because you forgot the keys to the trailer.

I had to cut each layer of bandage off separately.

Elastikon + guaze in 1st cut

cotton roll in the 2nd cut
Then cut the final layer of gauze and peel the tefla off 

The removed bandage looks like a dead animal

I distracted Nilla with her grain and she was surprisingly good about this whole procedure. The revealed wounds didn’t look too bad.

I had to move my car and aim the headlights at her legs just to see what I was doing by this point.

The whole leg got coated in Aluspray. Then I took her to roll in the sand arena. She loves rolling and I knew she’d roll now that the wrap was off. Since she also got access to her paddock again, I figured it would be better to let her roll in the soft sand rather than have her roll in a gravel paddock. Thankfully, she’ll roll on a lead rope so I didn’t have to let her go and risk her going bucking off afterwards. I put one of Dijon’s hind boots on really loose, just to keep the sand out and she objected violently to that so I cannot imagine that I’d ever have been able to re-wrap her leg if we’d done the stitches.

She enjoyed her roll and then I sprayed some more alb-spray on and put her in her stall with the paddock door open. She was happy to wander her paddock before going back to her hay. Then I wandered around in the dark trying to put everything away and feed the other two. The full moon would have been helpful, but it was trapped behind rain clouds so I couldn’t see without a flashlight. I should have brought a headlamp.

7 thoughts on “Bandage Off

  1. emma

    ughhhhhh poor Nilla…. so far so good tho, i guess, with the treatment plan for the hard-to-treat patient 🙁 good luck!

  2. Olivia

    She absolutely loves rolling. We have to watch her really closely as she has tried multiple times to roll with her tack on. She also has tried to roll while tied to the trailer. So I will preemptively take her to roll after a ride before tying up to the trailer if I can so she won't break something.

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