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  • Pastern lacerations
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    04-22-2011, 09:43 AM
Advice on this situation

I know this may be more of a horse health question but I didn't get much input last time. My Ottb cut/lacerated her pasturn 3 weeks ago. It was relatively superficial really just sliced her skin. Regardless, I have kept it clean, I have left it compressed using wonder dust and changing wrapping every other day. It is healing it now is basically new tissue (no scab yet) I have alternated between letting her air it out for a day and then rewrapping with nitrofurazone spray. (2 days wrapped - 1 day air) She is sound on it, the only reason she doesn't get turned out in pasture is because of the mud. But I turn her loose in the small indoor and she bucks and trots just fine. I lunged her yesterday and she acted fine. I have a dressage clinic next weekend that I was suppose to ride in and while I have another horse (who I may add is not in shape yet - my ottb was getting ridden more then he was) If she is sound would it hurt to ride her for the clinic.
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    04-22-2011, 10:48 AM
Ugh I hate when this happens. Heel, pastern cuts are obnoxious to take care of. When Jake split his heel he was out of work for three weeks. Now this really depends on where the cut itself is. Because that area of the horse moves so much, sometimes you have to worry about it opening up again, and having a hard time healing. With my horse I had to wait until it was healed before I could ride, because if he started to stretch out it would re-open. With a riders weight upon their back their joints tend to flex a little bit more than without, causing the skin to stretch a little bit more. So it depends, I have shown with cuts that were small and in places where they would not stretch over a joint. Let your horse tell you too, if he seems uncomfortable or is acting a little off, I wouldn't either.
    04-22-2011, 11:02 AM
I know it is a sucky area. The thing that makes me question is that is on the inner heel bulb, no tendon (or near) and it is more of a scrap down verses a cut in. She lunges fine. I wouldn't jump her for a while. As that is her shock absorber. I haverebandaged it after the ran around a bit in the arean and haven't noticed a difference. Some books tell you in order for them to strengthen that area after and injury they need to move around a bit but then you risk the reopening. And currently I am so stressed I lack the ability to trust my own judgement.
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    04-22-2011, 11:35 AM
Hmm I wish you had a picture. So is it a laceration or did she pull some fur off and a little bit of skin like we get skin scrapes. A laceration is something that you have to worry about with stretching and tearing more. A scrape isn't really much to worry about other than keeping it clean. I don't want to tell you its okay to go to the show or not. I by far don't have information and don't want to give false advice. I can't see it or watch the horse. In this case its hard to give advice online. If it was me, if it in any way is a laceration on that part of the horse(a cut in the skin) I myself would not go, would keep the horse from doing anything more than a hand walk (good for circulation) until it has heeled well, but if it was a scrape I would asses the horses behavior and then go from there. That is me though, I would wait for more posts than my own, and possibly advice from horse people who can actually see the horse and look at it. Or if your really concerned see if you can get a vet out.

On another note, Did she do this by overreaching? If so I would highly suggest investing in some bell boots. As if she does it once she will do it again at some point in time. My boy if I trot/canter without bell boots he somehow manages to get himself. I have forgotten a few times in the past 6 years and 25% of the time he will cut his heel pretty good. I have to have 3 pairs with me at shows (incase the ones I'm using give out....) Lol
    04-22-2011, 12:24 PM
I wish my cell phone took better pictures or I would have sent a picture. I guess in one sense it isn't a laceration but it would be a deeper cut. It occurred in the pasture and when we found her it had just happen. It looks as though she stepped on a wire and sort of sliced about an inch down the back inner heel bulb. She had a like a skin flap. We cleaned and immediately compressed it which is why I did what I did. She never acted off my husband was just supervigilant on checking the horses legs especially in the spring when it is muddy (God bless him). Looking at it today the skin flap is pretty much attached to the heel again - it is swollen in that area only (not in the ankle or leg just the area of the injury). It has fresh flesh where they attached but other then that it looks good. I have an appointment in two weeks for her to get her coggins and per my conversation with my vet after it happened, they state to basically continue with what I am doing. I hate having to pay them to come out to look at something and then basically continue doing what I am doing. (at minumum that would be a $100). She is sound, healthy, in good spirits, likes to run around with me in the area actually was excited that I saddled and lunged her today (was trying a bit of side reins). I just want to know if anyone has run into a similiar problem and if they rode. She isn't on any sort of pain med either so I can get the real effect.
    04-24-2011, 10:01 AM
If she didn't reopen if after frolicking around the arena and being lunged I doubt she'll reopen it if you ride her. Just take her for a hack about two days before the clinic, then do a little bit harder of a workout the day before, and if she reopens it after those rides then don't take her to the clinic and you'll know she needs to fully heal before being ridden again.

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