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    06-19-2012, 10:59 PM
Worn down from dragging *graphic photos*

Char has a pretty bad cut on her Pastern. This was actually how we noticed her wax and found out she was in foal.

It had maggots in it, I had been working three days straight and hadn't come to the barn before this day. We cleaned it up and put salve on it. It's scabbed up nicely and is on it's way to healing. We're on almost a month of healing however she's been dragging that leg a bit and I've noticed that it's worn down a ways now. Is there something I can do to prevent her from wearing it down any farther? And no I don't have any more current photos right now. I'll take one Thursday when I see her.
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    06-19-2012, 11:05 PM
Do you mean the hoof is wearing down? If so, get the farrier out there asap, tell him the issue over the phone so he can bring all the necessary equipment, she may possibly need some sort of protective shoe.

Also, probably best to get the vet out to check why she's dragging it after a month. Was she on any painkillers or ABs for it at first? Did the vet actually come out to treat it or did you do it yourself? I'd assume it needs looking at if she's dragging her leg after a full month.
    06-19-2012, 11:05 PM
Did you have the cut examined by a vet at all?
    06-19-2012, 11:22 PM
If she is dragging the foot really badly there is always the possibility of tendon/ligament damage. I'd have her looked at. A cut that nasty should have been seen by a vet. No telling how deep or how much damage was done by just looking at it.
    06-19-2012, 11:26 PM
If she is still lame after a month from a flesh cut, it just isn't the flesh involved, she might've severed something inside. Call the vet ASAP or she might never be sound again to ride.
    06-19-2012, 11:26 PM
The cut itself has scabbed up nicely, I keep it clean and dry. The Farrier is coming Saturday to do everyone and I have yet to meet her but I am told she's very nice and good with the horses.

Char is about 25. She drags the leg like a limp, sometimes she walks fine, other times she walks, lifts the leg but doesn't hold the toe up so it's hitting the dirt but gets it back on the ground flat. I think it's the trying to keep up with Katie (her 4 week old filly) that is stressing the leg so much. Katie kicks her legs out while nursing and has hit the scab a few times.

The Barn Owner helped me clean it up and gave me some neon yellow slave for the cut which we used for the first two weeks.
    06-19-2012, 11:29 PM
Was she ever seen by a vet or are you and the BO self treating her? I am guessing the neon yellow slave was furazone? Black container with yellow lid?
    06-19-2012, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
Was she ever seen by a vet or are you and the BO self treating her? I am guessing the neon yellow slave was furazone? Black container with yellow lid?
Thats what I was thinking. Furazone can be some pretty nasty stuff.
    06-19-2012, 11:36 PM
Yeah, That sounds like the name of the stuff. The BO and her dad. I trusted their thoughts because he's had and raised horses all of his life.

I don't want to be one of "Those people" and I'll have the vet come out for a second opinion.

Edit Note: and ask the farrier what can be done to prevent farther damage to the hoof.
    06-22-2012, 07:17 AM
I too would suspect tendon damage if she's dragging it/standing like that. Obviously I don't know what the wound looked like fresh, but I would have got the vet out immediately if it looked deep or anything like it does in the pic, or as soon as I noticed any dragging. Afraid I'd prepare for the worst if it's already been left for a month, but fingers x'd it's not as bad as it sounds.

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