I plan to get some elasticon on Thursday, when the tack shop is open later, which I'll use to make an extra large "band aid" over top of my regular gauze (not all the way around the hock, so as not to constrict the joint). So, I just needed some supplies until then.
So I found these at CVS (hoofpick included to give you a sense of scale):
These actually fit pretty well over the injured area. I don't think they are sticky enough to stay on without a standing wrap over top, but hopefully they'll stay in place beneath the wrap better than just a plain piece of gauze (which didn't stay).
Speaking of which, it was looking a bit better today, although I'm not so sure that I want his hock to permanently have its mouth open like this. While he is not a conformation hunter, I would rather this look a little prettier. Still, it's better than yesterday. No bleeding today.
Where was I? Oh yes, CVS. So, I get up to the counter with my three huge pieces of self-adhesive non-stick gauze, and hand them over. The guy behind the counter looks at them, looks at me, and asks "Are you okay?"
"Oh, they're not for me," I explain, "they're for my horse." He eyes me quizzically. "Well they do say 'All-Purpose,'" I say, smiling. He doesn't get the joke.
"What's wrong with it?" he asks. He still hasn't started ringing me up. Apparently, he is concerned that he may have to call the Humane Society or something. I can see his wheels turning.
"He cut himself," I tell him, hoping that the inquisition is going to end and I'm going to get to leave soon, and actually make use of the self-adhesive non-stick gauze I am trying to purchase.
"So, shouldn't you like, call a vet or something?" Suddenly, he is an expert in equine veterinary care.
"She's seen him," I sigh, slightly exasperated by having to defend myself to the CVS cashier. "He had stitches, and then after we took them out, the wound split open again, so we're just keeping it bandaged while it heals." Why am I now feeling the need to explain the entire situation to him? Do I really think this kid is going to call the Humane Society?
At this point, he literally raised his eyebrows at me and sort of shook his head, and proceeded to ring up my order. By the time I was back in my truck, I was already laughing and thinking about how I couldn't wait to tell this story on the blog. Judgy McJudgerson at the CVS probably isn't a follower, but just in case: lighten up dude.
I tried to get some cute pictures of Tucker tonight, but they were mostly fails:
The infamous headless horse
But this is my really cute face...
doesn't this deserve another mint?
I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend,
And I ain't seen the sunshine,
Since, I don't know when...