so we had our first snow today in md. my ottb's went out ok and my redhead came in with a swollen knee...very swollen.
i was alone so i trotted him and as best as one can tell doing this alone he seemed sound. i flexed him and he didn't pull away. it was a little warm. there is no obvious kick mark.
he can't have nsaids due to ulcers and colic surgery in the past. i just slapped on a thin layer of sore no more poultice (love the arnica).
i did see my little guy spin and whirl and kick at riley. (boy's you know)
you know...i thought about cold hosing except it was snowing...our hose is outside as is the wash stall. i thought...jack's boot and fill it with snow.
then i felt the poultice and it felt like ice. if it is still big in am i will do jack's boot. last year he could have stood in the snow all day as our paddocks had 5 feet of that cold stuff in them...ugh...i shudder to think of it.
i love these ottb's but boy...you need a barn full so that you can ride regularly. BUT i would not trade them for anything.
i am leaving for aiken in mid january. can't wait to get away from slippery footing. and my redhead does not winter well.