After I started brushing her, I realized she was FILTHY and brushing wasn't going to cut it. It was hot and she hadn't had a bath in a while, so I grabbed the bathing stuff and went to work. She seemed to enjoy it quite thoroughly.
When I got done with her body, I decided to let her tail down and wash that as well. She seemed quite sensitive when I touched her tailbone, but she's never been one to relax her tail when I'm messing with it. After applying the conditioner, I started to comb through the tangles... and a lot of hair was coming out. She usually sheds some hair, but it was coming out in piles. I rinsed everything out and moved her from the wash area to the cross ties in the barn aisle so I could get a better look.
This is what I saw:
The tail bag fiasco happened just over a week ago and after a few days had passed I thought we were in the clear, but from what I've seen today, it looks like her tailbone was impacted somewhat by the tight tail bag. It seems weird to me that some of her skin above the tail bag is affected, but she's not nearly as sensitive in that area.
I decided to cut about 3 inches of tail off and leave it unbraided. I hope that's a better choice than braiding it and keeping it up... I thought leaving it alone be might be the best thing for her at this point in time. I rubbed in a little bit of antibiotic cream hoping that will help as well. Poor Lilly... :(
After I was done with her tail, I set up the camera to try and get a video of her footfalls. I did the best I could with what I had, but I understand if you all laugh at my efforts.
Here's the video:
And here are a few stills I took from the video:
|Hind foot lands flat?|
|Definitely toe first in the front.|
I'm anxious to hear what everyone else thinks.