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    02-07-2013, 04:11 PM
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Never, never, NEVER put water on a wound after it has been initially cleaned. It promotes proud flesh and greatly delays healing.
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    02-07-2013, 04:22 PM
Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Well initially you want the cold water to decrease inflammation to the area! The cold constricts the vessels which doesn't allow the immune system to get in and make it as inflammed.

Once your wound starts healing you would actually want heat over the area to promote the immune system and blood to fill the area and promote healing.
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Exactly, it promotes circulation, and thereby repair of the damaged area. Same as with a human's wounds
    02-07-2013, 04:42 PM
I can't imagine cold hosing an actual wound... I've only ever cold hosed to bring down swelling, and that's only when I'm out of tuff rock poultice (amazing stuff!). It seems like it would just make it all squishy and gross and let more bacteria in.
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    02-08-2013, 12:40 PM
Yep I have only cold hosed wounds I WANT to fill in and granulate. It def contributes to proud flesh.
    02-09-2013, 11:02 PM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
I can't imagine cold hosing an actual wound... I've only ever cold hosed to bring down swelling, and that's only when I'm out of tuff rock poultice (amazing stuff!). It seems like it would just make it all squishy and gross and let more bacteria in.
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Tuff rock is brilliant, I use it on everything!! As a poultice on tendons after a hard work out, over sore muscles, little wounds, big wounds. Great stuff!! Depending on the injury, it prevents the need for bandaging.
    02-09-2013, 11:32 PM
Very interesting, and it makes sense after I read the logic behind it. I'll have to bring that up at my next lesson, and I'll definitely remember it for next time I deal with a wound.

I remember when Major sliced the back of his hock though, right on the joint and the vet wasn't able to stitch it... so I just would take a wet cloth and clean it with anti-bacterial soap, very lightly rinse it, put some Fiske's on it, and then bandage it. I suppose a light scrub and light rinse is much different than cold hosing though.
    02-10-2013, 01:31 AM
How weird! I always heard the opposite. Yes, it does promote new tissue growth which could lead to proud flesh I guess. Never thought about it in a bad way though (new, healthy tissue growth that is.) My mare tore the backs of her hocks open. I cold hosed them every other day and sprayed vetericyn on them daily. She healed up like a dream, no scar or anything.

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