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    02-18-2012, 10:50 PM
You can make some sugardine and pack the wounds with it. You take sugar and betadine and mix it to a paste.
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    02-18-2012, 11:03 PM
Originally Posted by cmarie    
You can make some sugardine and pack the wounds with it. You take sugar and betadine and mix it to a paste.
Ohhh! What does the sugar do? Anything special?
    02-18-2012, 11:14 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Ohhh! What does the sugar do? Anything special?
Sugar is great at stopping bleeding and it interferes with the bacteria somehow I'm not sure of the exact interaction, but I know it works well in really infected wounds. I pack it with sugardine and depending were the wound is I wrap it you can use maxi pads to catch the goop coming out of the wound and help the sugardine to stay in place, pantyhose work well in a pinch if you don't have vet wrap, or if you want to leave the wound open to the air they help keep the flies off during fly season.
    02-18-2012, 11:17 PM
Forgot to mention: If there's any discharge that drains out of it, wipe it off so it doesn't burn the skin.
    02-18-2012, 11:20 PM
Here are some links to sugardine
Use of Sugardyne or Sugardine in Horses
Sugardine | Herbs
    02-18-2012, 11:26 PM
Thanks! I may try the sugars one thing and see how it works, and the panty hose idea is clever, I'm sure I'll use that in the summer. Does anyone know how vetercyn works? I'm going to tractor supply tomorrow, so I might get some if it works and they have it. Idk, Clinton Anderson advertised for it.
    02-19-2012, 12:17 AM
Is the lower deeper cut on the inside of the hock where it bends? If so, those are very very hard to heal, and she should definitely see a vet. They tend to open up every time a horse walks. Are you giving her antibiotics? Either in her feed or in shots? Antibiotic meds on the wound are fine, but she needs antibiotics at least for ten days after the injury and if its already infected, she may need them by IV.
Get a vet out.
    02-19-2012, 12:30 AM
The Top one is on the inside of her hock, yes, but the. Bottom 2(the worse of the 3) are a little below her hock thank goodness. The only thing she has been ingesting is powder bute. My mom said if the swelling doesn't go down any by tomorrow we'll get some antibiotics to inject. I plan on trimming her hair around the cut ASAP, should I wrap her tail too?
    02-19-2012, 02:03 AM
I personally would give her smz's and keep it clean but left open, maybe some salve. If it's draining it's well on it's way to healing. I have seen much, much worse heal up just fine with no evidence of scarring. Theres a photo in my barn of my gelding with a torn up foreleg if you'd like to see...that healed up in about 2-3 weeks with absolutely no scarring. No wrapping, just warm compresses and cleaning daily and applying salve.
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    02-19-2012, 02:39 AM
Cold hose, cold hose, cold hose!!!! You can cause permanent damage to that hock with all that swelling, it can be more detrimental to your horse than the injury or the infection. You should cold hose the joint for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. She's also probably not moving around much so taking her on short grazing-walks is a good idea to get some of the swelling out too, but not too far or long because it will be uncomfortable but it's the only way to get some of that swelling moving. You should also be putting standing wraps on BOTH hind legs to prevent the swelling from dropping down into her lower leg and to support the leg that's taking on the extra load from the injured leg so she doesn't hurt that leg from overuse.

As for the cuts themselves, oozing isn't necessarily a bad thing, do not over clean the wound you can destroy the healing tissue. If what is oozing is indeed whitish and thick she needs antibiotics so that the infection doesn't spread to the joint or bone. If what is oozing is clear and yellowy it is GOOD let it ooze, let it crust, that means it is healing and cleaning it away 5 times a day is actually leaving the wounds unprotected and open for infection. You should also be cleaning with nalvasan scrub it isn't as damaging as some of the other scrubs but don't overuse it, all of these antibacterial scrubs are chemicals and can do as much damage as good and can actually slow down the healing process. If the wound is in fact pussing not just oozing, cut down to cleaning 2 times a day, cold hosing the rest of the time should be enough to keep the wounds clean.

Bute is good, make sure you are giving enough to make your horse comfortable, and that you are giving it with food, Bute can cause stomach problems with long term use and it sounds like she might need to be on it for a while.

She does need to see a vet, whether or not the wounds are infected because with wounds like that you are at risk of things like proud flesh, the wound closing improperly, or even scar tissue/scarring that could cause restricted motion of the joint if they're as deep as they look/sound and are as close to the joint as they look. The vet might also have better suggestions to get rid of the swelling around the joint (which to me would be my BIGGEST concern).

Sorry I wrote a novel but I hope this helps!

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