We cut Raven's bandage off yesterday and I am happy to report that (1) there was no swelling around the joint and (2) the gauze was bone dry. The site of the puncture remains slightly warm to the touch so we will continue with 20cc of Excenel for the next four days. Despite some stiffness she is moving well, and I have taken her off the bute so that I can be immediately aware of any changes to her level of pain.
Tonka would like you all to know that he wants more coverage on the blog. Whenever we (me and my lovely assistant David) are fussing over Raven he hangs his head over the stall fence, paws at the ground and acts totally pathetic. The poor horse is desperate for attention (or maybe just bute) -- who knows what trouble he is willing to get himself into. I will turn them out on the pasture tomorrow (for the first time since last Thursday) with utmost trepidation.