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post #1 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Help... Injury??

HELP !! I have a 5yr old paint that has a "mysterious thing" on his leg. I appeared in about 4 days from nothing to the image attch'd. (please view)

Bite, cyst, ?? he has no visible markings of a fence doing this. We have been treating & cleaning it x2 daily and it looks a bit better but what is it from??


He is not laim ... he still bolts across pasture but we have him in stall for most of day now due to this. No loss/change in appetite either. His behavior is the exact same.

With Great Appreciation !!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 03:18 PM
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i think you should get your vet out.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 03:34 PM
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That looks like proud flesh, definitely have a vet out.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 03:36 PM
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I'm using Underwood's Horse Medicine on my gelding for a large wound and it's healing very well. I also like Vetrycin spray gel. But, I would get a vet to look at it. He might need a tetanus booster as well as antibiotics. Also, do you have a pond that he has access to? Because there is a water mold that occurs along the gulf states that can that can cause a lot of problems. That's why,as a precaution, I am stalling my gelding until he heals.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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That is exactly what we have been using, Underwood & Vetericyn. we have been alternating them daily. making a paste w baking soda & Underwood when we use it but using the Vetericyn gel & spray too. No pond in his pasture. I clean/scrub it daily with Betadine too.
Thanks for the input !! I really appreciate it !!
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 03:47 PM
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If you're using Underwood's and baking powder, don't wash it off. That's why I like it, you just keep adding to it. Plus, it will help get rid of the proud flesh.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 05:42 PM
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You should NEVER use Vetracyn or water if you use Underwoods. You should also NOT use Baking Soda. You put BAKING POWDER on the wet Underwoods. The directions on the Underwoods plainly says NOT to use water or clean the wound. That is how it works best. If you follow directions you will not get proud flesh, infection or flies.

Underwoods works so well if you FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. It does not work if you add junk like baking soda or water or Vetracyn.

We have tried Vetracyn and found it increases proud flesh. I even called the Company and they told me to discontinue using it below the knee or hock which is where proud flesh is so prevalent.

This wound now looks bad enough that I would get some 'Prouds Off' from one of the mail order places like Valley Vet or Jeffers and use it to 'eat' off the proud flesh. As soon as the proud flesh is even or below the level of the healthy skin, then wipe it off and use only the Underwoods and baking powder.
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I would definitely call the Vet. It could be a summer sore - it's a wound that doesn't heal in the summertime because of Habronema larvae (stomach worms). Any wound that breaks the skin can become a summer sore if stomach worm larvae get into it. Flies are carriers of the larvae. The sores are usually round but can be irregular and look like a ball of proud flesh and can become quite large. They don't go away in the winter, they just go into a resting state - the wound may heal over if the lesion isn't too large - they sometimes stay healed but usually the wound will become active again in the spring. I have a friend whose horse had a summer sore. She had it for years - never seemed to get a whole lot worse really but would be 'weepy' in the summer. She put every medication known to man on the wound and kept the area clean and sometimes wrapped but the place would never completely heal. The Vet diagnosed it as a summer sore and told her to use Ivermectin (she did use Ivermectin as a rotational dewormer) - said one dose may be enough to kill the larvae. It didn't though so the Vet had her use a second dose. I can't remember the spacing of the doses of Ivermectin now though.
She was told if the oral Ivermectin did not heal the lesion she would have her use Ivermectin mixed with DMSO and have her apply it to the wound. After the second dose of Ivermectin the wound did begin to heal and so far, so good! Do have your Vet come out and diagnose the problem since you've been treating the wound with no real success in it's healing. I am ONLY guessing that your horse may have a summer sore because my friend's mare had a lesion VERY similar to what your horse has (and in the EXACT same spot!). I'm not saying that is what your horse is suffering from - I hope it's NOT a summer sore! There are treatments but only your Vet can administer the treatment. Wishing you the very best of luck and I do hope it's something that has an easy fix!
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-11-2011, 10:27 PM
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My concern with it going from nothing to the wound in the picture in 4 days it that it may be a brown recluse bite and it will continue to kill off the area until properly treated. Call the vet.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-01-2011, 04:53 AM
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Hi I had one bigger than this on a mare that was given to me it was the size of a fist it is proud flesh. I had it removed by the vet it was pretty messy. Unfortunately it grew back to a tennis ball size could not afford the vet again so hubby put on a couple rubber bands very tight which made the flesh swell and then it died. Slowly the flesh came away and fell off with minimal bleeding there was one last little bit left which he put on one of those docking rubber bands you use for sheeps tails on and she has her leg back to almost normal with no massive lump. Hope this helps
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