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post #1 of 14 Old 08-08-2013, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Help with treating a wound

What happened:
My filly got a cut around her leg -it looks like a wire cut- not sure where she got it from. So we rinsed it off and I was told to put triple antibiotic cream on it and wrap it loosely with vet wrap, which I did. Then the next day she had another cut. This time on her back leg and along her side/belly (Most likely from getting too close to the barb-wire or being pushed into it by another horse).

I decided it was best to pull her out of that pasture before she does something worse. So she was put in a smaller safe pasture with another horse. That was yesterday. When I went out there today she was in the pasture I had pulled her out of the day before. She had jumped the fence. I am not sure if she wanted to get back with the other horses or away from the one she was in with. She was limping on her right hind leg which was swollen and she had another wound on her front right leg. It looks like when she landed something poked her there.

Ok so after that long post. I have had Mystic for almost a year now and I have learned a ton with her. But I have not had to deal with her getting hurt or getting any wounds. She has had her tetanus shot. What would you suggest I do with her wounds? It has been raining a lit here lately (I am in Kansas) and it is really muddy right now. I have had someone come and look at her and was told that she didnít do anything serious, but just landed a bit funny on that back leg and she would be alright.

  • Should I rinse the wounds off daily or no? Does rinsing off a wound actually cause proud flesh? (I read this in one of the threads but that sounds a bit off to me. If this is true can someone explain why?)
  • Is triple antibiotic cream ok to use? It is the kind for human.
  • Can SWAT go directly on the wound or just around it?

I would really like to avoid proud flesh if possible.

We moved all 4 horses to the same pasture (one where they won't get hurt). I am not putting her back in the pasture till I can go out and walk it and see where she got cut at and see what I can do to prevent it from happening again. I notice one of the other horses had a cut along her belly at about the same height

Thank you in advance for any advice/suggestions

I will try to add some pictures to the next post
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-08-2013, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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This isn't a very good picture of it sorry. This is the one that I think when she landed her jump she got poked by something. This is on her front right leg. She was standing a bit funny when I took the picture.

This is the first cut that happened. It looks like a wire cut to me

This is the cut on her side/belly the day after she got it. I rinsed it off the day I found it and made sure it was clean. This was the day after before I cleaned it off.

Please let me know if you have any questions before you assume anything and jump to conclusions. I tried to include as much information as I could but I am a tad bit tired so I apologize if something doesn't quite make since.
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While it's not going to do any harm to use antibiotic cream, it won't prevent proud flesh. My horse get a good cut on his lower leg earlier this year. Per my vet's advice, proud flesh is a common complication of cuts on the lower legs, and the best way to avoid it is compression (I used standing wraps and put my horse on stall rest, but they kept slipping down below the wound and proud flesh started forming anyway) and if you start to see any signs of proud flesh, an ointment or product specifically formulated for proud flesh. I ended up picking up Farnam Wonder Dust, which my vet said would work just as well as the ointment she usually gives for proud flesh. I really liked it because it's a powder and almost formed a little crust over the wound (which was naturally a bit moist)

Wonder Dust reduced the proud flesh from this

to this
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-08-2013, 02:28 AM
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From your photos the wound looks relatively superficial, my horse has had a few nicks, cuts and scratches from the gum trees in the paddock (they drop sticks constantly) and I suspect rough play. She had also picked up a few traveling on some of our rough bush trails, but then I have too.

I very rarely worry about them unless the leg/area is hot, swollen or the horse is in enough pain to warrant bute, but I would be calling out the vet if I was concerned

I never wrap or confine unless I think it needs vet involvement

As you said tetanus shots are up to date, I would personally just gently wash with cool water and maybe chlorhexidine-cetrimide (savlon), or if the wound was full of dirt or pus povidone-iodine (betadine/vetadine) same as I treat human wounds everyday at work. Then douse the wound in wonder dust/black powder, and keep an eye on it.

Belly wound looks fine to me, i would leave it alone.
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Most people over treat minor wounds and they actually take longer to heal. For minor wounds,

1) Clean the wound with soap and water, betadine, or chlorhexidine.
2) Put some antibiotic cream or SWAT if flies are a problem. The clear (not original) kind of SWAT can go directly on wounds. Check the label.
3) Do not cover it and leave it be. Keep an eye on it, but unless it looks like it is getting infected or getting proud flesh, resist the urge to mess with it. If you continue to scrub it, it will take longer to heal. The old saying is use "benign neglect."

Do make sure tetanus is up to date, and do call your vet if you are at all concerned.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-08-2013, 08:07 AM
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Underwood's Horse Medicine is great for wounds and stops proud flesh.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-08-2013, 08:50 AM
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Clean the woulds with soap and water. The one on her front leg I would put powdered alum on after cleaning it well (ask for that at your drug store) and keep an eye on it for swelling etc.

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After owning horses most of my life, I still shake my head sometimes at the things my own 4 horses do and get into and how much that we, their owners, have to know and learned over the years to become our own vet at times.

You got some great advice on the board, the only thing I wouldn't do personally is wash it with soap and water, but I do wash with a little betadine scrub to disinfect the wound then rinse and pat dry. I have a great homeopathic salve that has honey in it and does wonders for the cuts and scrapes you showed. Heals well, and hardly any scars either.

Your doing alright OP, keep up the good work!
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If you're worried about this continuing to happen, maybe consider changing the fencing? Barbed wire does the trick, but definitely isn't ideal..
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Once the wounds clean if its kept clean I wouldn't over wash it unless it was looking like some infection was setting back up and then I use either an antiseptic wash or plain salt water. Some soaps have a lot of chemicals in them like perfumes that can cause irritation so I tend to avoid them
At this time of year flies can be a real hazard with open wounds - they can introduce bacteria into them from whatever rotting animal or poop they were last hanging out on and can lay maggots in deeper wounds so I do keep them covered if I can with a sterile pad (the sort you can buy from any pharmacy) held in place with vetwrap (not too tight and should be removed and checked daily)
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