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    04-08-2012, 07:58 AM
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Foal
Knee Injury

Went to do barn work this morning and my 7 yr old mare has an knee injury. It wasn't bleeding and cannot see where it bled out (just got 20cm snow) After I washed it out it appears that she cut the skin off the knee (blunt force type of cut) it's the size of about 4"-5" long. Because the cut is long the skin is not together but it is all there (if that makes sense) She is happy and walking around like normal, she is bending her knee, no limp. It does not look like it went deep enough to injury or fracture anything. I washed it up and sprayed blue spray on it. The question is:

Should I try to wrap it? Or just let it be and keep the spray to it?
What should I look out for if there could be a problem?
     
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    04-08-2012, 08:48 AM
  #2
Foal
Anyone??
     
    04-08-2012, 12:42 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'd say not to wrap it to let it air. Please post pictures, they help to "see" what you are describing. Is it a cut or a scrape? If she isn't gimpy, keep it hosed/washed off and let it heal...
     
    04-08-2012, 01:43 PM
  #4
Foal
Not sure if this worked
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    04-08-2012, 02:17 PM
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Foal
This is another pic
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    04-08-2012, 11:05 PM
  #6
Weanling
I don't have much experience as I am a new horse owner, but if that happened to my horse, I would be calling out the vet. It just looks so big, that I'm not sure I would be able to control infection without expert advice. It may be too late for the vet to pull the skin back over and stitch it...just not sure. Hoping someone else with advice can comment. Good luck to you.
     
    04-08-2012, 11:30 PM
  #7
Weanling
Yowch!! I would call a vet too, I don't know a lot about flesh wounds on the knees but that looks like it might need stitches.. better safe than sorry in this type of case.
     
    04-08-2012, 11:38 PM
  #8
Trained
By the time the vet got there, it would be too late to stitch in my opinion. The amount of germs that have already gotten in is probably too much. I'd still have a vet out to look at it and maybe prescribe antibiotics just to be on the safe side, also with a wound that big, the vet probably can't stitch it together anyways...There's not enough skin to pull together.

I'd also keep it wrapped the majority of the time, and take the bandage off for an hour at a time, twice a day to let it air out. Wrap it while the horse is stalled because chances are he'll lay in yucky stuff that shouldn't be anywhere near an open wound like that.

Is there any swelling? Cold hosing will help with that. Also if any debris gets into it, hose it out. Apply some type of antibiotic ointment to it (a thick jelly type that'll really cling to it) and wrap it first with sterile gauze and then vet wrap to keep it in place. Clean and reapply morning and night.

Also, talk with your vet about maybe a pain reliever for the next few days. Looks like it hurts.
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    04-08-2012, 11:40 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
By the time the vet got there, it would be too late to stitch in my opinion. The amount of germs that have already gotten in is probably too much. I'd still have a vet out to look at it and maybe prescribe antibiotics just to be on the safe side, also with a wound that big, the vet probably can't stitch it together anyways...There's not enough skin to pull together.

I'd also keep it wrapped the majority of the time, and take the bandage off for an hour at a time, twice a day to let it air out. Wrap it while the horse is stalled because chances are he'll lay in yucky stuff that shouldn't be anywhere near an open wound like that.

Is there any swelling? Cold hosing will help with that. Also if any debris gets into it, hose it out. Apply some type of antibiotic ointment to it (a thick jelly type that'll really cling to it) and wrap it first with sterile gauze and then vet wrap to keep it in place. Clean and reapply morning and night.
Learn something new. I'm going to watch this thread to see the best way to handle an injury like this
     
    04-08-2012, 11:48 PM
  #10
Weanling
I think in the first post OP said all of the skin was there. While it is still probably too late to stitch, what would the vet do with excess skin? I'm guessing it might be rolled up there in the bottom of the wound. Would they cut it? Just curious.
     

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