Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Stitching anything on a horse's leg is 50/50 at best- they tend to swell so terribly that the stitches pull out/through the skin and then you have something even more mangled at the end of it to deal with and an even bigger loss of skin you've got to heal and grow back. Add that to the wound being infected as it's hours from when it happened to the point when the vet is looking at it, stitching it closed usually fails on horse legs unless it's really neat cut that is also really fresh.
It sounds like the wire ran down the bone under the skin and flesh on this guy's leg too. Stitch that closed and all that area where it's not attached under the skin turns into a big old pocket of infection that could result in losing the leg and thereby the horse. It looks like it's starting to take off and heal, which is great!