GRAPHIC: Vet's grisly find in horse's shoulder
A MONTO vet made a surprising discovery after she was called to a property to assess an injured horse this week.
Monto Veterinary Surgery's Dr Courtney Scott received reports about a two-year-old horse suffering swelling and a small discharging wound behind the shoulder.
"She had a fair bit of swelling in different places," the vet said.
"Under the chest, at her shoulder. Then a small wound started to discharge pus.
"That always leads us to believe there's a foreign body in there of some sort."
The foreign body that Dr Scott found, was an 18cm piece of wood.
"It's gone in and straight up under the skin," she said.
"You could feel the stick under the horse's skin."
Dr Scott said these kinds of wounds were fairly common in horses and cattle.
"We quite often see stake wounds, but not often as big as this one," she said.
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"They often go in just above their foot.
"Mustering through long grass, for instance, you never know what they could hit.
"But the shoulder was a bit of an unusual spot."
Dr Scott said the injury was probably a result of the horse being out in the paddock and rubbing against a tree.
"We see a stake wound like this every two or three weeks," she said.
And if anyone was worried their animal might be suffering a similar affliction, she said there were symptoms to keep an eye out for.
"Look out for signs of swelling or heat in a particular area," she said.
"Any areas starting to discharge fluid or pus are usually an indication of a similar injury."
Dr Scott said the two-year-old horse was placed on antibiotics and pain relief, and is expected to make a full recovery.