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    10-09-2010, 01:10 AM
Actually the best treatment is alternating hold and cold therapy.. Cold hose for 20 minutes if you can...

To sweat wrap a leg you will need:

Saran wrap
Pillow Wrap
Stretchy bandage

I like to mix the DMSO in the furazone but this isn't mandatory.
Apply the mix liberally from the knee to fetlock then cover it in the saran wrap
Apply pillow wrap and then bandage tightly.

I also alternate with a poultice.

Purchase a tub of ice tight
Apply the clay liberally the same way.
Cut a brown paper sack and wet it and wrap around over the poultice.
Pillow wrap and bandage the same way as before.

I like to sweat wrap one day, poultice the next and then a day off with a dry wrap.

Search for how-to videos on youtube for the best results.
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    10-09-2010, 01:11 AM
You don't apply the pillow wrap and then the saran wrap... that's backwards..
    10-09-2010, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by starlinestables    
You don't apply the pillow wrap and then the saran wrap... that's backwards..
Oops, you're right - it's late! I'm going to bed he he
    10-09-2010, 01:14 AM
OK...I still think you need a vet ASAP, but I'll give you our farm protocol for bows. We see lots as we are a turn-out facility for STBD racehorses.

Use cold therapy 2X a day, for about 15-20 minutes. Cold hose or super cold gel;pacs held in place with a polo work great, too.
Keep the leg bandaged at all times if possible. We use a straight up alcohol sweat. Just apply alcohol, use a NO BOW cotton , do several layers of plastic wrap, and stable bandage. After a week of so of this, we will ofen do an external blister with something like Ball's solution or similar applied with a brush. Get a light scurf and then go back to a light sweat. Maybe avoid sweating for more than a week or so at a time. Throw in the odd day for a refreshing type linament such as green cool. Maybe think about magnest, too. They can work wonders! Just please remember do not use magnets for 48 hours if your vet has done an injection in the leg.

Again, please ask your vet for a routine specific to your horse, but this one has served us well. Good luck!!
    10-09-2010, 01:15 AM
Furazone is not technically considered a liniment either its an anitbiotic ointment.
    10-09-2010, 01:18 AM
Green Broke
Adding DMSO is a good idea for most tendons too however in this case (with an open wound) should definitely NOT be done as it can enter the bloodstream.
    10-09-2010, 01:27 AM
Thank you all so much! I'll be calling the vet as soon as I can.
    10-09-2010, 01:44 AM
Oh, this might sound silly but will his leg straighten out or will it always have the bowed look to it?
    10-09-2010, 02:02 AM
DMSO is a good idea.. it was actually a vet who told me to mix it up along with dex for a wound. It will be fine.

90% of bowed tendons retain their bowed appearance. :o/
    10-09-2010, 02:09 AM
Ok I just didn't want to expect his leg to straighten out and keep thinking that it hasn't healed if it does keep it's bowed look.

So DMSO mixed with dex -don't know what that is- is good for wounds?

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