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post #1 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hair Regrowth On Scars?

Before I got my gelding, he lived his life out on a rope 24/7. As a result, he has a horrible, almost keloid-like scar from a severe ropeburn on his right front fetlock. The injury happened over a year ago. At one point he had some hair regrowth on it, but he rubbed the hair off somehow and it never came back. The scar is hard, callused, and ugly and the flies always go for it first so it tends to get a bit scabby no matter how often I reapply Swat. :(

I'd love for him to regrow some of the hair so the flies don't bother it as badly, but don't know if that is possible. Is there anything I can do to encourage hair regrowth? Right now I have it slathered with Desitin and wrapped with vetrap to keep the flies out of it.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 06:27 PM
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Well, it's pricey, but you could try Mederma, the stuff they use to reduce human scars. They sell it at CVS or Walgreens. But I don't know if it will help the hair grow back.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-02-2012, 10:05 AM
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I don't know if this is an old wivestale but even 25 years ago when I got started with horses, I was told to mix neosporin and preparation h and apply it to scars for possible hair regrowth. I am currently nursing a nasty barb wire cut back to health on the back of my mare's hoof and I've started applying a little of the mix to her healing cut now that it's in it's final healing stages. Sure can't hurt and its cheap. :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 12:01 AM
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Drifter has a scar from an old injury, and it seems lately as if the Vitamin A supplement he has been receiving is causing hair growth on that scar! Even if it just stays at the peachfuzz stage, I will be happy. Maybe Vitamin A is worth a shot for your guy!
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Are you feeding it or rubbing it into the skin?
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 01:02 PM
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Huh. What does vitamin A help with overall?
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 01:23 PM
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I paint (literally, using a 1" paint brush) Fur-Zone on Sam's nicks and cuts and swear by it. He has an old injury that has proud flesh that I put it on and I found the hairless spot is reducing in size.

He is in the pasture and can tend to get quite bit up and roughed up. When I notice a new injury, I paint the Fur-Zone onto the injury every visit. If there is loose hair or scabs I scrape off what makes sense (don't bleed him but get rid of the dead stuff. He may go 3 days inbetween visits but I keep painting it on after riding and before setting back out in the pasture until the hair is back.

What I have noticed is the speedier hair growth at the site of the wound without a permanent scar or scab. I almost can't find injuries from two months ago.

My baramoter on whether it works is based off my buddy's gelding who is in the same pasture. She doesn't pull him out and treat his owie's and he looks like a war zone with scars and scabs. She doesn't maintain the injuries with Fur-Zone.
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