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        01-01-2012, 04:26 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    I agree with the others that you need a vet to make sure that she doesn't get an infection, and to clean this out if any debris is hiding in the layers of torn tissue. Otherwise, you may have big problems later on.

    You might read another post on this site - it's long, but it's about an injury similar to yours. You can see what this owner went through and she's got great (although graphic) pics of the injury in its various stages of healing.
         
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        01-01-2012, 04:28 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    I second the other advice about getting a vet to look at this. Painkillers are the least of your worries; if there is dirt or debris stuck in the layers of this wound they will need to be cleaned out by a vet. There is no muscle on this part of a horse's leg and circulation is very poor compared to a cut on your own leg or arm. Also, compared to our own injuries, some things that seem to make sense to us, like forceful streams of water to flush out dirt, hydrogen peroxide and some medicines can cause more delay in healing and do more harm than good.

    Take a look at this thread: Phoenix had an accident - (graphic contents) It's long and has graphic pictures, but is very educational about what another HF poster went through with her mare and a similar injury.
         
        01-01-2012, 08:06 PM
      #23
    Started
    You have to be very careful when bone is exposed. We have injuries at the clinic with bone showing and the bone got infected because of a small cut into the bone that was not noticed by the owner who tried to treat it themselves(not saying you are but without vet looking at this and being a new horse owner)by the time they asked the vet out the bone started dying and they had a major mess. Please get a vet to look at this. She might even need IV antibiotics
         
        01-02-2012, 07:10 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    First I would like to say it sure sounds like you want to do the best you can for your horse. If the wound was superficial and not down to the bone I would say keep it clean, and covered and it would likely come along just fine. With exposed bone it is somewhat a horse of a different color to deal with.
    Give your vet a call back and tell him/her everything you have been doing in detail and tell him you are a bit concerned about the exposed bone and infection setting in to the bone. See what he/she has to say and let us know. It may also be a great idea to get some Bute (powder form that you can add to his feed) to help him with his pain., please keep us posted.
         

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