Deep gash to pastern what to do?

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    05-09-2012, 12:42 PM
Deep gash to pastern what to do?

I have a 3 year old gelding with a deep gash to his left front pastern. The vet has been out, she cleaned, then cut off about a ping pong ball size of flesh that was hanging. So now hew has a hole in his leg more or less. She banadged his leg told us to change it everday. Well the problem is this he will NOT let me touch/Change the bandage. I did get the old one off but I cannot get the new one on. So we are giving him antibiotics, I tried using the gel for his mouth to tranq him, he will NOT let me get near his mouth once he figured what I was doing. Vet is of no help, unless I wanna pay another $500. For them to come out. I am flushing the wound, to keep it clean tho this can be tricky with him too. So is it ok to leave it unwrapped if we can keep it washed out? Any other ideas? Not sure what to do.

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    05-09-2012, 12:47 PM
We had this happen to one of our horses, but we had it cleaned, stitched, then wrapped up.
It was unwrapped and cleaned twice or more daily.
    05-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
Pay the money to have the vet provide the needed care - since the horse is unwilling to allow you to do the needed care yourself, that is the only option.
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    05-09-2012, 01:00 PM
Originally Posted by themacpack    
Pay the money to have the vet provide the needed care - since the horse is unwilling to allow you to do the needed care yourself, that is the only option.
I agree here. If it weren't for our vet, we'd probably have lost our horse
    05-09-2012, 01:07 PM
This is not a wound that will heal without help.... Plan on spending the money to have the vet take care of it until some healing starts, then you may be able to do it yourself. It needs to be bandaged because everytime the horse walks, the would will open up and will keep opening up.
Vet care is not optional in this case. Have dealt with this type of injury many many times, some heal, some do not, but this is not a do it yourself type of injury.
Horse also needs antibiotics twice daily if using Penicillan by injection. He will need antibiotics for weeks..
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    05-09-2012, 01:21 PM
Unless you are willing to go to extremes (twitch, lip chain, etc.) and deal with any behavioral reprocussions to try and MAYBE get him to take an oral tranq I'd call the vet. Basically, if you want to save the horse, your going to need to call the vet for now. Sorry, to be blunt, but I've seen horses get put-down for lesser injuries in that spot because in wasn't taken care of properly (not saying your not trying to do the right thing, just checking out your options)

The only other non-vet thing MIGHT be to hobble and restrain the other leg so the horse can't go anywhere. BUT, ONLY if you ABSOLUTELY, POSSITIVELY, WITHOUT A DOUBT know what you are doing and experienced with doing both and have others with you with just as much experience. The ONLY person I've ever seen do it was a 68 yr old lady that was born on a horse, grew up on a horse, slept on a horse. So basically she knew what she was doing.
    05-09-2012, 03:44 PM
Ask your vet for tabs that you can crush/hide in feed or an injectable tranquilizer so that you can treat this. It can't hurt anything to call and ask.
    05-09-2012, 04:20 PM
Green Broke
My mare cut her pastern when she was young, and we actually had the vet out. He gave her the max dose of tranq and she still wouldn't knock out, so my mom had to hold her down while the vet stitched up the wound. Silly, graceful Princess then decides to cut her other hind pastern a couple years later. She allowed us to treat and dress it every day by changing bandages, cleaning the wound, and applying new bandages all while the pasture was completely flooded. She healed up just fine, and you can still see the scares from her injuries.
    05-09-2012, 05:10 PM
If your vet won't come back out and sedate him, here's what you may be able to do:

1. Get 2 cans of Granulex, they run about $25 a pop but you can probably get him still enough to spray the Granulex into the wound if you're quick and work safe. Spray it on once a day.

2. Keep him stalled in a 12 x 12 for at least 30 days.

3. A/Bs for 10 days should be enough.

I know what we want to happen doesn't always happen, and we have to do the best we can given the circumstances. Give this a shot. Granulex is amazing.

Also, if you work with him every day to touch the legs and work your way down as close as you can get to the wound, bringing a few treats and making it a pleasant experience, you likely still won't be fortunate enough to get near enough to wrap it but as the wound starts to heal he may let you begin to get closer and eventually treat him.
    05-09-2012, 05:33 PM
I'm not sure this can be stitched. Partly due to location but more so now because of the time that has gone by.

The wound needs the heck scrubbed out of it. Wrapping to prevent additional contamination. If nothing else, hose for as long as horse will allow and spray with vetricyn.

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