I had them outside for a few hours on Saturday while I was doing chores and didn't hear a peep. Sometimes McKenna will squeal, usually when she's in heat, if Phoenix gets too close for comfort. Obviously I wasn't watching them the whole time, but I do glance out there from time to time to check on them. When I brought them in McKenna had a long, thin scratch on the right side of her neck. I did have that "Do I need to call the vet" moment, but it wasn't super deep. I washed it out with some Betadine and to me it looked like a bite. Naughty Phoenix! I put some antibiotic ointment on it and then had a decent ride on the mare.
Sunday afternoon I had a lesson scheduled and I headed out early to do chores and give myself time to lunge the mare. First thing I went to check on the cut. It wasn't hot, but there was some swelling around it (you can barley see it in the pic). I cleaned it again and put more of the antibiotic ointment on it, as well as the EPF 5 which works wonders for swelling. McKenna was great about it, didn't care at all. We ended up having a really good productive lesson, one of our first such rides in a while. My trainer and I joked that the key to getting McKenna to focus was to dose her on the EPF 5.
I wanted to cover the cut that night, but couldn't think of a way to easily wrap her neck. So out came the full head and neck sleazy. I hadn't put it on her yet, but I've used a shoulder guard on her before. She was surprisingly good about having it put on, even when I covered her eyes. I don't think she liked wearing it, or that fact that it clashed with her blanket.