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post #1 of 13 Old 08-26-2007, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Gashed ankle

Hey everyone, I didn't see a post about this already so sorry if it's a repeat. I went to the pasture last night to find my barrel mare standing in a pool of blood. So I did my best not to have a heart attack and got her to the vet. She cut it pretty good. You can see where something wrapped around her ankle real tight, probably a rope or something....and then something put a nice gash in the inside hind, right about the hoof. It's about 3 inches long, and pretty deep. I got my thumb in there almost to the knuckle & it probably would have went farther. There's no skin or anything left, so the vet couldn't even try to stitch anything. The mood he was in, I doubt he would have anyways. He was being real rude about being called for an emergency..but that's another story. His instructions were to keep it bandaged for 3 weeks, changing it everyday for the next week & every couple days after that. She gets a shot of Penecilin for the next week. And hydrotherapy everytime the bandage comes off....Which I agree with everything almost...He said to keep her stalled the whole time...But I think it would be best to walk her everyday to keep the swelling & stiffness away (her ankle is real swollen) Plus she's one of those horses that wants to go & go & go...I think her being stalled is stressing her more than the wound itself. I also think that the bandage should be left off for a little while everyday so the cut can breath & air out some. What does everyone think? I'm going to try to post a picture tomorrow.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-06-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well...Saturday will be two weeks since she has done it and she's not really getting any better. I'm keeping her stalled but she's still reopening it. Anyone have any ideas on how to keep her from doing that? Right now, I'm just bandaging her with gauze & vet wrap. The first pic is Day 3. The second pic is Day 7

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-06-2007, 01:08 PM
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Yikes!! That looks pretty nasty! The second picture looks like it's pretty deep, but it does look like it's healing. Call the vet and tell him what's going on and if he has any advice. Are you cleaning it out everyday and putting some salve on it as well? Keeping it clean is very important. I think with time it will heal. Since there isn't any skin there, stitching isn't an option, so I'd say just keep it wrapped and clean and don't let her move around too terribly much other than a walk around the barn or pasture and back. Poor girl!
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-06-2007, 10:16 PM
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WOW!! That sure looks ugly, she did a good job.

Like above, what are you using under the bandage/dressing? Leg wounds are nasty and seem to heal a lot slower than anywhere else. I would recommend using manuka honey in any wound, it works wonders. My broodie fell on a star-dropper (metal fencing stake) over christmas time and it went through her shoulder (not bone though) I could fit my whole fist into the cavity. Eventhough I couldn't bandage it I made a poultice of honey and used a gauze padding that stuck to the honey. The would was healed in 2 months! Manuka Honey is not found in supermarkets, really only health food stores.

As for keeping it bandaged, yes! This will keep all the nasty foreign bodies out of the wound. When you take the bandage off, clean the wound with a good wound cleanser, then spray with a Sea Minerals spray (really good for tissue growth) Later on if you see proud flesh forming use Yellow Lotion (if you can get it) this will dissolve the proud flesh and you wont be left with any ugly lumpy scar tissue.

And I totally agree with you situation with the vets and emergency calls. A horse of mine cut the digital vein in her fetlock one day while I was at work. When I found her she was standing in a great big pool of blood and when I rang a vet, not my regular, he said he was at a swimming lesson and couldn't get there!!! My horse was bleeding to death, while he was in his speedos getting wet Luckily I got hold of my usual vet and he came out straight away, stitched her up and left me a god awful bill, but it was worth it.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-06-2007, 10:47 PM
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Keeping this wound bandaged and keeping the horse still are very important because the area is a "high motion" area and walking will slow wound healing and lead to the formation of proud flesh. Bandaging is also required to prevent further/repeat contamination of the wound. Daily cleaning, hydrotherapy, topical antibiotic and bandaging are definitely needed with this wound.

Did he take any x-rays? If not, this is something you might want to have done as the wound is deep and in an area with easy access to the bone and to joint capsules so there could be joint involvement.

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post #6 of 13 Old 09-06-2007, 11:05 PM
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Wow she done a good job! Just remember to keep it cleaned. I use Yellow lotion, i am not sure where you live but it is auwsum, it kills the proud felsh, it closes it up pretty fast!!

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-07-2007, 10:59 AM
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To keep the bandage on, try using duct tape over the vet wrap, just not over the skin or hair, only directly over the vet wrap. Also, if you are just wrapping the ankle it will tend to slide down easily. You can keep wrapping lower and end up wrapping the hoof also, almost like you would do for a hoof abscess but higher to also cover the wound your horse has. Unfortunately I became somewhat of an expert on keeping lower leg wounds bandaged when my horse had a summer sore in his heel last year - it took 6 months of keeping it wrapped for it to heal completely!

I also agree with other posters that if the vet said stall rest, give her stall rest. It is too easy to re-open a wound on the leg by even gentle movement, and if your horse is hyper anyway she might start to dance around when she gets out in the open. Not a good thing!
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-09-2007, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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I'm keeping it bandaged like you all suggested. I'm putting a Furazone salve on it with nonstick pad, then wrapping the vetwrap & putting tape over that. As of today, it's looking a lot better. The hole has filled in except for a little slit. I'm going to start looking for the manuka honey & yellow lotion. Is there a website I can get them from? Is the yellow lotion called that or does it have a different name? Proud flesh is already starting to form a little. I've been keeping her stalled. She's not to happy about it but she's cooperating. I wanted to take her back to the vet but I'm still trying to find a different one. I was really unhappy with the one I used when she first did it. And I don't believe he did a real thorough job. He just hosed her off, ran is hand over her & said she was fine, just keep her bandaged. Unfortnately I live in a real small town area & equine vets are hard to find. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll keep you all updated & get a new pic up soon
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-13-2007, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Great news. Her wound is looking a lot better. I ordered some honey & it should be here in the next couple days. Hopefully it gets here in time for it to work. She has a lot of proud flesh forming so I'm going to have to get something on there for that. Hopefully I can get a picture put up soon. I tried taking one yesterday but my phone died on me before I got it snapped.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-17-2007, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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This picture is Day 19. It's looking a little better. At least the hole is almost gone. She's on day 22 now. I started putting the Manuka Honey on her the day I took this picture. I can already tell a huge difference. So now I can go laugh at everyone who said I was crazy for trying something "natural" lol. Can't wait to see what it looks like in about a week with the honey.
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