When the alarm went off at 06:30 Raven and Tonka were munching at one of the feeders -- she has been down in the soft dirt at the top of the paddock every other morning. She lifted her head in greeting when I stepped outside, and I could see that she was feeling perky and troublesome -- her usual self.
There was no swelling under the bandage and the joint is cool to the touch. The best possible outcome imaginable. Kerstin wrapped it again to keep it clean, and we will stay with 2g of bute and 20cc of Excenel each morning for the next four days. Any backslide at this stage will be a bad sign, but Kerstin was visibly pleased with how well things have turned out. I was trembling with relief -- so much that I needed to sit down for an hour before I could trust myself to inject the Excenel safely.
Raven took herself for a trot around the paddock after the vet left, tossing her head and kicking up her heels. Then she hung her head hopefully over the gate to the pasture, but she's going to have to wait another few days before that happens.