Horse Head Laceration

Owen went to get his mare, Cotton, to rope calves. When he brought her out of the stall, he came and told me she had a cut on her head. This is what it looked like:

It didn’t look bad until I cleaned it up to see what had happened. 

I sedated her and really cleaned it out, scraping the top layer of contamination off. 

Then I numbed it with lidocaine, which is the same thing the dentist uses to numb your mouth for dental work. 

Then I sutured it back together again. Here are my instruments:

And the suture:

Here she is being sutured back together. 

And this is after I was finished. It took 8 stitches. 

That was on Saturday. Today is Monday, and it’s healing quite nicely. 

Stitches will come out in 7-10 days, and by the way it looks, likely we will be on the 7 day plan. 


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