Despite the Escape
When I woke up this morning, Tucker's stall door was open and he was out in the field with the other two Boys. H-m-m-m. SOMEBODY must have opened his latched stall door. That SOMEBODY needed to have done it from the outside. Is there a CHANCE it might be SOMEBODY with good lips?
On the plus side, to all intents and purposes, Tucker was pretty sound looking at the walk. I put him back in his stall while I went to church and when I got home, I let him out to graze on the lawn for about a half hour. Well, he was rather excited about that. and took off before I could stop him--trotting pretty sound as well. But it is hard to tell when a horse is excited like that because often he will ignore any pain in the thrill of the moment.
After a bit, I put him in the arena and there, he was a little off at the trot, but SO much sounder than yesterday. And, since he has no shoe on that one foot it was hard to tell if he was taking a short step due to that or due to a real limp.
I showered him off, soaked his foot and wrapped it up again with Icthamol. I will definitely leave him in tonight and tomorrow--it is supposed to rain for at least half the day--and then reevaluate when I get home from school. While I still have not seen evidence of a draining abscess, something may have broken through somewhere. There was some poultice left on his foot, even after soaking, so I couldn't quite see everything. Tomorrow, I will give it a good scrubbing with some soap and water and give it a good look over--presuming, of course, that he is even sounder than today.
Then, I guess, it will just be a matter of getting Scott to reset the shoe with even more of a rolled toe.
Here's hoping the unplanned night out didn't cause any extra problems. *sigh*
Oh yes, I have secured the stall door with a rather escape proof latch arrangement.