Large Gash, Front Leg -- Suggestions?!

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    10-04-2010, 01:51 PM
Question Large Gash, Front Leg -- Suggestions?!

Okay, so this morning I woke up unusually early. Went out to see Cerra at about 9:20 a.m. Instead of waiting until this afternoon.

The farmyard is kind of bare, and I had her new rope halter so I was pretty pumped to use it. Go to the gate and call her. Up she comes... and then I see this gash on her lower knee. Blood doesn't really irk me, but I guess when it's your horse it's different.

So, I go flying over to the house. Barn Manager isn't home. Tear around the yard because I know jack about anything more advanced than basic first aid, let alone horse first aid. The elderly guy is more than willing to help and he gets me some clean old rags [never used, brought out that morning]. We call the Barn Manager, she's in Winnipeg and will be about an hour. Okay, calm down, get her into the round pen and ready a pail of warm water to try and clean her wound. There's mud and algae in it, and it's a pretty deep and clean gash. About 2-2.5 inches long and three fingers wide going \. For being a water-phobe, she accepted the cleaning with minimal fuss and let me touch it. She can walk on it, so there's no bone injury. It's just really ugly, and I'm wondering if any other boarders have ever experienced such alarming wounds?

The BM comes home and we finish cleaning/sterilizing the wound. Then it's some iodine spray and baking powder to be applied every day. Okay, less worry. I'm considering calling a vet, however I would have to discuss it with my husband because it is his payday that just passed. The BM says that if it were her horse, she wouldn't call a vet. "It will just heal by itself and leave a bump." Then she contradicts herself and says her friend will be out soon and that if the friend thinks the skin tag [look at your top thumb digit] needs to be removed, THEN I should call a vet and it will be expensive. Do I call the vet or not?!

The other thing, is how fresh could it be? The BM says that "she was fine an hour before you came, they were playing in the pasture" but when I got there, there was no blood [only some dried on her nose] and the wound was kind of pinkish, like it had been semi-healing. Cerra is such a trooper, I don't think she realizes her knee is skinned... But opinions please! I'm so nervous about this! :(
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    10-04-2010, 01:55 PM
Call the vet.

Regardless of the actual time the wound occurred, something that long and wide needs professional medical care, not your BM playing at horsie doctor.

The wound, even if it's not fresh, can be debrided and possibly stitched.

I wouldn't take a chance on it. Better a vet call than a serious infection which will result in even more money spent on the vet.
    10-04-2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks Speed Racer. I appreciate it so so much.
    10-04-2010, 02:27 PM
Definietly time for the vet.
Also using baking powder can dry out wounds alot
    10-04-2010, 02:50 PM
Thanks to you as well MaggiStar!

I just got off the phone with the vet and BM.. apparently she caught her knee against the shallow culvert in the pasture. Vet said to proceed with Underwoods and baking powder every day to help keep it clean and protected.. *sigh* I feel so much better now..
    10-04-2010, 08:35 PM
I used Underwoods on two horrific injuries on legs and both have healed up well. I like Underwoods and have two bottles on standby.
    10-04-2010, 11:17 PM
Thanks WyomingGrandma!

I'm really worried about her right now, cause we treated her this morning.. and so about 8:30 pm I went back out and checked on her and her knee joint is enormous. It looks like her knee doubled in length and is definitely wider. Thinking I'm for sure going to call the vet out tomorrow because her leg is collecting heat too. Not hot-hot, but it's toasty warm. And not the good kind.

Also, instead of daily treatments, would morning/night Underwoods treatment be better? She's showing signs of stiffness and there was a bit of debris in her wound when I went out tonight.
    10-04-2010, 11:48 PM
Since you've called the vet, for long term healing look into a platelet treatment. Our horse slashed up her back lag BADLY out in pasture (barely missed slicing her tendon) and we used an "experimental" platelet gel. I forget what it's called, but they spin her platelets and injected them. It healed SO nicely and quickly! It's been a year now and she's completely healed. Give it a go round on the Google.

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