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post #21 of 25 Old 06-09-2014, 10:01 AM
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I never x-ray something like this. If it is not going to diagnose a lameness or going to determine the way I treat or handle something, I don't x-ray a cut. If it is a closed swelling (no cut or puncture) or a 'mystery' lameness -- x-rays may be needed for diagnostic purposes. If x-rays are not going to change the outcome, they are just wasted money.

I see nothing here like that. It could have been barbed or smooth wire. Almost every barbed wire cut I've treated where a horse was not 'hung up' on the wire for a long time, looked just like this one.

I would, however, be treating it a LOT differently.

I would use the Penicillin. I would not use Bute. The anti inflamatory qualities slow healing and reduces the blood supply to it. Horses handle the pain better than the side effects.

I would never let water touch it (much less soak it) after the initial cleaning. I would wrap tightly with Furacin on gauze covered with Vet Wrap and duct tape. I would do this until proud flesh closes up the wound. Wrapping tightly keeps the bulb of the heel from separating and causing a much bigger scar and later problems. As soon as the wound was closed and completely filled in, I would treat as a open wound. I would still keep it wrapped if there was any chance of it getting wet. Water feeds proud flesh. Every time a wound gets wet, the proud flesh grows and grows and grows.
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Horse are incredible at healing. The most important things (besides taking the Vet's advise--are to keep it cleaned out and out of filth and do NOT cover it. The horse's body will take care of the rest.
I would also closely walk your property and find out where this happened. My property used to be a farm and a previous owner set wooden posts in cement with metal fencing. I have had to remove these and after digging, they weigh several hundred pounds. =/
I think I may have hurt the transmission in my older truck dragging/moving these. =/
You might have a small piece of metal sticking up and your horse doesn't know to avoid this.
If so, buy a cinder block and put it over the metal piece until you can take it out. You also may just have to fence it off.
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Well, today it looks a bit better to me, mainly because I can see everything and there's no blood, lol...

I cleaned it again and rewrapped, per the vets orders, after soaking in epsom salts and cold hosing. Gave the penicillin and bute, as per the vets orders.

Bless Dakota, though... he was so patient and stood perfectly during my fumbling with figuring out how to rewrap... I'll get better/faster over the next few days, though.

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The vet advised soaking & hosing? I'm with Cherie, I'd wrap it & mess with it as little as possible, only for preventing infection.
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Yes, Vet advised soaking in warm epsom salt water to open the veins and arteries, then cold hosing immediately afterwards to close them up. Said something about it being good for the hoof to do so.

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