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post #1 of 24 Old 01-01-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Help new horse owner with an injured horse.

Hi there, I am a new (first time) horse owner and I have a 8 month old horse that tried to jump the fence and has a cut on her front leg below the knee. Its a deglove injury exposing the bone.
I called the vet and was told to keep it wrapped and I purchased some penicillin and tetanus shots. I forgot to ask a few questions.
1 How much should I let her walk around (should I keep her penned up? should I walk her some?)
2 And if I am to limit her mobility, how long do I keep her penned up?
3 Should I try to get her something for the pain?

Thanks for the help.
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How bad is this injury? Can you post pictures? Did the vet not actually see the horse?

I would want to vet to do an actual hands-on exam, look for infection or other things I was not seeing, and show me the proper way to wrap for this specific injury.
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If you have to give shots to the horse, you really want the vet to show you how to do it correctly. Could you post some pics may be?
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So, the vet has not actually seen the horse?
Were you advised to purchase the penicillin and tetanus shots by the vet during the phone conversation or was that just your own idea of what ought to be done?
Honestly, as a first time horse owner you need to have the vet out and have them examine the horse and show you how to do all the things you are asking about. Even with wrapping, as a new horse person you need to be VERY careful about that because it is very easy to get wraps too tight and cause damage beyond the initial injury's damage.
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I would want a different response from the vet. I don't know of any first time owners that could properly deal with such an injury. Call someone else.

If the injury is less than 24 hours old, you should try to get it stitch up. If you don't, you will have months of wrapping the leg and most likely be left will a disfiguring scar. Properly wrapping the leg is equally important. Start by covering the wound with a sterile gauze dressing. Hold it in place with gauze wrap. Add a cotton wrap. Go from knee to fetlock. Gauze wrap again than finish with vetwrap or elastikon. If you run elastikon around the top and bottom of the wrap (catch the skin/hair) it will stay in place for days. A poorly wrapped leg can do more damage than good. Getting the proper amount of tension on each layer comes with lots of experience.

It's important to limit all her activity. Lock her up in a stall if you can or make a small 10x10 panel pen for her. You want to limit the movement of the knee so she's not tearing anything as it heals. Take any grain away so she's not climbing the walls. Keep hay in front of her to help keep her out of trouble. Don't feel sorry for her and try to handwalk her. She'll quickly turn into a blooming idiot from lack of turnout and if she gets away from you, weeks of healing will be undone in about 10 seconds. You can easily be looking at 2 months or more to heal depending upon the severity of the injury. You can't rush it and i can't overemphasize it, she can't go out until the leg can withstand normal bucking and running.

Pen is administer I M. Your vet needs to show you how to give the shots and what the dosage is for her weight. A little bit of pain meds (bute) isn't a bad idea but it's rX so you can only get it from the vet and some pain is good. The pain will help keep her from moving around too much.
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Here is the Injury 24 hours old
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Here it is 48 hours old

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So the vet never actually saw it? It will heal, but it's not going to heal pretty, and I'd be worried about infection setting in.
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