Despite my red hair and pale skin I am actually not Irish, but I will take the luck of the Irish when I get it. Stinker is kind of a brat and likes to chew on his pasture mate. He probably should get his butt kicked more than he does, but he is pretty nimble and tends to avoid the worst of the kicks.
Unfortunately, his luck ran out this week and it looked like he caught a kick on the outside of his right front leg. I was pretty worried because it had heat and was swollen. Stinker typically doesn't swell. He was still sound (again I don't really trust him there because he has to be hurting really badly before he starts gimping), so I was trying to keep my worries in check.
After getting cold hosed twice a day without making any difference yesterday we tried doing standing wraps. I had been hesitant to wrap him because he tends to pull things off his feet/legs and was worried he would cause more damage if he got hung up in the wraps. He actually left them on all morning, which is longer than I expected. In the afternoon he got bored and pulled them off, but was very considerate and left them in neat little piles.
Last night I turned him out with poultice on and this morning there was less heat finally and some of the swelling had gone down. Hopefully, it will continue to look better this evening and maybe just maybe he won't do anything else to make me crazy.