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    10-19-2010, 10:45 PM
Chest wound (no pictures)

I got a call from the barn manager this morning that Phoenix had gotten away from her and run wild around the barn for a good half hour. They eventually caught him and put him in the round pen; I don't know why, if I had been there I would have put him in the field with his buddies where he wanted to be.

He was so excited from running and stirring up trouble that he tried to escape the round pen by pushing on the wooden boards with his chest. He broke a board and then somehow manged to snag his chest on a nail and a piece of wood. So now he has two quite large gashes in his chest. The manager hosed him off and put him outside to calm down.

I went along tonight and cleaned the wound again with warm water, put some antiseptic on it and left it. Do I need to do anymore? It stopped bleeding but still looks pretty nasty, because of where it is I can't bandage it to keep it clean so is once a day cleaning enough? I'm just using regular old antiseptic cream, is this good enough? Would it be a good idea to give him a little bute to make him more comfortable? He seemed fine when I went, although he did come right to me instead of standing and waiting for me to go to him like normal and he seemed a little more skittish than usual,
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    10-20-2010, 03:01 PM
Personally, I would nix the Bute - I don't like giving my horses anything that isn't necessary. Clean out the wound(s) thoroughly with antimicrobial soap and LOTS of fresh clean water. I don't know how deep the gashes are, but you don't want them to close too quickly. That will trap bacteria inside and is a recipe for potential disaster.

I usually treat relatively minor cuts with "pink lady," which you could still use around the outside of the wound. If it's fairly shallow, you could use the "pink lady" all over it. If it's deep, you just need to keep it clean. If it starts getting raw looking, dose it good with Granulex down inside. It will dissolve the necrotic tissue and make sure that the wound heals from the inside out.
    10-20-2010, 03:19 PM
I didn't give him any bute. I'll check on it tonight and clean it again, I might flush it with warm water & a syringe to get the dirt out if there's any in there. One side of it's pretty deep and then it gets shallower.
    10-20-2010, 04:35 PM
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Do a good bedadine scrub. Does he have a current tetanus shot? If he doesn't then I would suggest getting him one. Especially since there was a nail involved. Other than that, without seeing the wound, I would say bedadine scrub and antibacterial ointment (Spray would probably be best with the location). I wouldn't scrub it daily though. I'd get it clean and try to let it start scabbing up.... but I would probably add the spray daily. I had a spray that was some type of granule spray for a nasty cut once... I think it's prescription though....
    10-20-2010, 04:59 PM
I used Underwoods on two severe cuts on two different barrel horses and it was great. You spray it on, put baking powder on it and let it go. Do it two or three times a day. It was amazing how quick it helped these very severe wounds heal, bet it would work on yours quickly.
    10-20-2010, 09:50 PM
Thanks guys.

I went along tonight and he seemed pretty sore so I didn't want to do too much to irritate it so I got a syringe of warm water and basically squirted it up and into the wound to wash the dirt and such out, then rinsed it with saline water. I pressed some spare bandage I had onto it and it was sort of oozing blood and lovely stuff. I did manage to take a closer look once the dirt and dried blood was washed off, he has a flap of skin and hair mostly covering the deep part which will probably help keep a lot of the dirt out.

I'll try and get hold of a spray of some kind, the ointment is just so gooey that bedding and such was getting stuck to it.

He's up to date on shots, got his latest in the spring, is probably due for fall shots but fall crept up on me this year so the vet hasn't been out yet.

I took pictures but you can't really see the extent of the cut because it's hidden by the flap of skin/hair.
    10-20-2010, 09:55 PM
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Depending on how deep the wound is you may want to get a vet up to see if it needs stitching. If you want to avoid scarring then you need to get the treatment spot on.
Silver dressings realy help to prevent scarring but over here they are only available from the vets.

Also if the flap of skin starts dieing off get the vet up.
If you can get your finger into the wound further then the end of your finger nail then the vet needs to see it.
    10-20-2010, 10:22 PM
Okay, I haven't really tried to stick my fingers under the flap, I lifted it and he backed away. I'll see how far under it goes tomorrow and i'll have someone hold him so he doesn't run me over.

I'm not so fussed about scarring, we don't show and probably never will; he has a massive scar on his back leg where he got hung up on a fence. If the skin dies or it's really deep i'll definitely get the vet out. Thanks.

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