Buddy's bandage removal

This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

Buddy's bandage removal

Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:54 pm

I removed Buddy's bandage today. It started to bleed just a little bit, though I assume due to the immediate lack of pressure on the stitches. It didn't seem to be anything to worry about, and Buddy seemed very happy to have his face free of the bandage! :)

He is definitely picking up more energy. I turned him out again today for a few hours to stretch his legs. Someone asked if we really thought he was an Arab... I think so, what do you think after looking at this video from today?

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Postby Hope on Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:48 pm

So thats what it'll look like if we have to sew my guy's eye shut. It sure put some shape back into his eye area. FYI, I will be getting a second opinion when I take him for a teeth check up. His eye looks great though!!! He is in good hands for sure.
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:50 pm

Wow, what a difference a few days and an operation can make. He's Arab all right! Flagged tail, snorts and all. It's so nice to see him feel so good. But, you know he doesn't really look like a quiet kids horse in that video. Who knows who the real Buddy will turn out to be?
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Postby Altanera on Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:51 pm

Wow he looks great! Def still think he could be a morgan. I need to get a pic of Rollie. They looks so much alike its crazy! I also agree that he could be an arab.

My TB flags his tail and snorts just like that as do all the morgans at my barn. I will get a pic of Rollie tom. They could be the same horse..well minus the eye part.
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Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:53 pm

LOL Pam! I was saying that same thing to Chelsea today. When I 'assessed' him under saddle a week or so ago, I thought "Wow, what a nice, quiet horse"... Ahem... I am not sure I'm ready to get back on him! ROFL I am definitely wary about him being a kids horse. We'll see, but he may be more of an experienced rider's horse! LOL
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Postby ponygril68 on Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:42 pm

HE MAY ALSO BE JUST FEELING GOOD. THE STALL IS NOT HELPING WITH HIS ENERGY LEVEL EITHER. HE FEELS GOOD/ HE IS COUPED UP/ AND YOU CAN BET HE IS GOING TO BE FIDGITY AND MOVE OUT WHEN HE IS IN THAT ROUND PEN. I WOULD WAIT UNTIL HE IS OFF OF STALL REST AND ABLE TO MOVE AROUND FREELY ON A FINAL ASSESMENT.
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Postby tontonsmom on Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:15 pm

wow! quite the fancy pants that one is! It's so awesome to see him feelin' good.
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Postby LorsaDoon on Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:34 pm

He looks so good.
Does he rub his eye much? I noticed in the pictures when he was in bandages and now, he was rubbing his eye on his leg. I suppose it will take awhile to get used to that different feeling on that side. I also wondered if the eye lids will grow together now. Did they do something to the edges that will make them grow together?

I also think he is an Arab. His tail carriage, neck, ears and body type look very araby. My arabians also like to snort when they run and play. Especially the boys. But whatever breed he is, he looks so good now. Thanks for helping him out.
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Postby Altanera on Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:49 pm

Believe me in the past I would of hands down said arab, but I boared at a Morgan barn and teach all of my students on morgans, and he could be a morgan. Does not mean he is but he could be.

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Postby LorsaDoon on Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:59 pm

Hummmm...they are very similar in body types. The morgans I have seen in person were usually a little stockier looking. Except a few show horses that had been conditioned for showing. The morgan was developed with arabian blood so maybe that is why there are so many similarities.
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Postby tontonsmom on Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:16 pm

I was wondering about the same thing with his eyelids. Will they just heal together?
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Postby Juliane on Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:18 pm

If you look at the surgical photos, you can see that the vet made incisions above and below his eye lids. From there, he cut the entire eye out, including the eye lids/eye lashes. So, it was fresh skin that was sewn together. :) Once the sutures are removed and the hair has grown back, it will be a smooth coat. I don't think there will be a scar. :)
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Postby Altanera on Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:18 pm

I bet they will just heal together. When a mare is caslicked they cut along the vuluva then stich together and the two sides grow together and I bet they did something similar in this situation.
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Postby shireluver on Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:35 pm

Wow, in that video you can really see that he has put on some pounds too. He looks greatl

Defianetly an Arab :wink:
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Postby zeesmom on Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:00 am

Wow - he does look like he is feeling great. I missed his age somewhere along the line. Has it been mentioned?

It was interesting to note how he carries his tail in the video. I have read that unbalanced or injured horses (particularly pronounced in an Arab) will carry their tails to the side - almost like a rudder to help with balance.
It would be more noticable under saddle as well.

I wonder if that will change as he is in rehab and becomes stronger?

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