Iceberg Injury

When “Mary’s” 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cian came in from the pasture with two cuts – one on his leg and one on his forehead – she was more concerned with the leg wound, worried that her eventing horse might be unsound. After cleaning up both cuts, however, she decided neither were serious enough to warrant veterinary attention. Two days later, though, Mary noticed the small wound in the middle of Cian’s forehead didn’t look so good. “It looked like there was pus coming out of it,” she said. Concerned about infection, Mary called her local vet, who came out the following morning to look at the injury, which, by that time, was not only oozing, but also had a foul odour. “You could smell it through the whole barn. It was putrid,” she said. “It would hang on your clothes. If you entered the barn you’d think there was something…

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