... but that's a good thing!
I got this lovely picture of him today from the barn manager, who took him out for some hand grazing. The caption was "Shoveling in the grass!" Made me so happy to see him out in the sunshine and munching away in the middle of my work day. This does not appear to be a horse that is particularly stressed about anything....
And here is the hock as of tonight, post-cleansing. Other than a little pink coloration in the flap of skin that was stitched back on, it hasn't changed. Anyone have any thoughts on why it would be pinkish? It may be slightly less swollen in general than it was. There is no tenderness or soreness around the stitches, no oozing, and his temp is normal, so at this point I'm not too worried about infection but obviously I'm keeping a close eye on it.
Funny tidbit for you... I have a separate folder under "My Pictures" labeled "Injuries," mostly so that when I go into my "Tucker" folder to show people pictures of my horse, I'm not scrolling through what appears to be a series of pictures of a horse who has seen live combat. (Of course, I still have to explain why there's a picture of a baby giraffe in the Tucker folder.) It's kind of funny to browse it though, and see all the various and sundry ways my horse has tried to destroy himself, all gathered together in one gruesome collection.
Sigh. There is a reason that I call him boo-boo.