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  • Fetlock cuts on horses
  • Puncture wounds to fetlock joint in horses

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    07-13-2011, 01:51 PM
Cut fetlock

Love, one of my horses, got out of the fence yesterday. My brother called to say that one of them was out and when I drove up there, she was trotting and appeared just fine.....until closer inspection! She had a few minor cuts on her shoulder, but her right hind fetlock had blood literally pouring out. I cleaned it out, put on a pressure dressing, and waited for the vet to come out. I LOVE my vet!! He said stitches weren't really necessary and wouldn't hold where it was cut anyway. He said to just keep it wrapped and clean. He gave me lots of wraps, tetanus, and ointment for the cuts....all for only $50!!

If that were to happen to my dogs or one of my kids, I would be paying $$$
It's amazing to me how well they can heal!
I had about 5 rides on this 3 y/o and she should heal up quickly and very nicely according to him. She is already loping around her pasture again. Just gotta keep her out of the fence!
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    07-13-2011, 02:11 PM
Last night I went to a "what to do until the vet arrives" seminar for horse owners. One of the things they emphasized was the importance of proper vet care for any puncture type wound near one of the joints of the leg, in particular the fetlock (where many puncture wounds happen)
In fact, when I asked them what was one of the most common mistakes they found that horse owners did, she anwered that they wait too long to get vet care for such wounds. She said "hours count" in the case of deep wounds near a joint. It's infection that is the concern.

She also said, if your horse steps on a nail, if you can, leave it in til the vet comes so they can xray with the nail in to better determine exactly how far it penetrated and how close to critical sturctures. Easier to see with nail IN .
    07-13-2011, 02:15 PM
Good job! I've pretty much spent the whole last year cleaning up after one fence injury after the other. Big wounds near the joints almost never get stiched up, and if they do they tend to rip.Luckily your horse will be fine, good luck on the recovery!
    07-13-2011, 02:19 PM
Tinyliny...that's great info about the nail..and makes perfect sense!
Yesterday my vet had gone to the dr himself and I was a nervous wreck waiting for him to make it back to our place. I was more worried that she had cut an artery with all the blood coming out. A nice pressure dsg did the trick to stop it, although I had to put a few more wraps on it. I love my vet! He's kinda old school and with a no nonsense approach
    07-13-2011, 02:24 PM
Wow. Your vet sound amazing. Mine charges more than that to pull in the driveway for normal care.

Healing vibes for your horse.
    07-13-2011, 02:24 PM
I had a 6 mo old filly that had cut her leg down to the BONE...everything was showing and it was just awfully painful to look at. I just knew she was done. I was crying, called in to work, and prepared for the worst. Vet showed up took one look and with his gruff voice, "yep, she'll be just fine" Huh?? Seriously? And sound? It was really a miracle...all his treatments once again only $50!
My farrier recommended this stuff called underwoods (I think is what it was called )and within 1 month had all new tissue growth and closed completely. I mean this gash was horrible! Her hair grew back the same color and you could barely see the scar. It was AMAzing!
    07-13-2011, 02:40 PM
Underwood Horse Medicine - Wynnewood Oklahoma
This is an amazing product! Strange to use at first, but you get amazing results!
    07-13-2011, 04:21 PM
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Yup!. We only live a few miles from Buddy Underwood and use it all of the time. I recommend it on here all of the time. I'm using it on one now. No flies and no infection when you use it.
    07-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Originally Posted by ioconner    
Underwood Horse Medicine - Wynnewood Oklahoma
This is an amazing product! Strange to use at first, but you get amazing results!

Maybe I'm "old school" but why wouldn't you clean the cut? Usually when you clean it, you get a better idea of how bad the wound really is or isn't. Can some one please explain why you shouldn't clean the cut when using this product?
    07-13-2011, 05:03 PM
Well my yearling Mystic loves Underwoods so much she keeps licking it off! I havr to change to a different treatment for her.....silly filly!

But it has done amazing on her other wounds, since she is leaving those alone and allowi g it to stay on.

I am have a fence injury party with my two these last 2 months.... I really hope they are done now :/
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