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    05-09-2012, 04:36 PM
Also, try cleaning it while he's eating grain. That helped immensely when I was helping a friend treat canker on her Percheron a couple of months ago.
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    05-09-2012, 04:38 PM
That can't be sutured, no.
    05-09-2012, 04:55 PM
Do you have access to Dermoplast? It is a spray on wound cleaner and it numbs the area, so no need to touch it. That may make him more likely to let you bandage it. You can get it at Walgreens and CVS.

Also if you hose the area for a few minutes that also makes it a little less tender when you need to rebandage. If the vet said no hosing, then no.

What about putting the bandage together off of him with some non stick (VERY important!) gauze, vet wrap and elastikon (really sticky vet wrap) and then quickly wrapping it around the leg without having to mess with it too much.

Good luck. And yes, if he wont let you do it yourself. You will need the vet. That looks like it could get messy really fast if not taken care of.
    05-09-2012, 05:25 PM
Solya, there are horses who behave like they will kill you after the initial vetting and that bandaging is off LOL so don't think this isn't a common scenario. You do what you can with the means you have, and you have to keep yourself safe as well.

Yes, these wounds can and do heal, and not every situation and horse is ideal. You work with what's in front of you. Been there.
    05-09-2012, 05:40 PM
Your vet isn't a trainer.

Getting control of your horse is your job.

If you can not do it, get someone who can.

This will not heal well at all if left untreated.
    05-09-2012, 06:17 PM
We had one that did that, too. He also managed to cut an artery in the process. Fortunately, he was sedated for the initial cleaning and debridement of the wound. Daughter had to change the dressing on it every day for a week, then every other day for another three weeks before it healed up enough to leave open. Horse was a real bugger if she tried to change the bandage when I wasn't there. For some reason, our horses tow the line pretty well when I'm standing beside them, but if son in law tries to hold the halter, the horses just knock him out of the way and take off.

Maybe you could have someone hold the halter that your horse behaves around?

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