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  • Hoof injury proud flesh
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    06-21-2012, 02:53 PM
Leg/hoof Injury *****GRAPHIC*****

So, lets start off, this is not my horse.
The barn owner brought one of his horses to the barn I keep my horses at. Where, Im basically the barn manager.
The mare stays at his home on 900 acres. His horses are all easy keepers, so he has no need to feed them as they all stay fat on the grass.
Well, he pulled them up to go roping. And this is what she had, covered in dirt mind you.

After we cleaned the dirt, before the vet removed the proud flesh.



The vet cutting the proud flesh,

After the proud flesh had been removed,



With the cast on,

The vet came out, removed the proud flesh. We cleaned the cut, which is really deep. We had a couple small ateries the squirted blood. You can kinda see the streams of blood in some of the pictures. She crushed up some antibiotics and packed in the wound and put a cast on to hold the two pieces together. She has to stay on oral antibiotics for 3 weeks. Bute for a week. And the cast will stay on for 4 weeks. We will cut it off and see if it healed back together. We may have to recast it for another couple weeks. So now its just a waiting game.
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    06-21-2012, 03:27 PM
Ouch! Hows she doing?
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    06-21-2012, 03:33 PM
Green Broke
This is why it's a good idea to check horses every day. Sometimes just can't manage it I know.

Hope horse gets better.
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    06-21-2012, 03:38 PM
Yikes that looks icky! Do you have any clue as to what happened?
Good luck with the healing process, luckily horses seem to heal really well. I have seen some really bad cuts/punctures that I was sure would leave a horrible scar that healed with a barely noticable one.
    06-21-2012, 03:59 PM
Green Broke
My mom's mare had a VERY similar wound, what happened was is we had to seperate our herd into 2 pastures, and apparently her friend was in the other herd, some guy put up barbed wire where she kept getting out.. (furiates me to this day!) and she went to escape and got her foot caught, instead of standing still she almost sawed her foot off on the barbed wire. Someone found her and wrapped her leg in a shirt and stalled her for us until we could get there. We had to wrap it, and boot it. But we used a DMSO mixture for it and it was healed up in 6 months she is completely sound, the vet had to remove proud flesh about 3 times. And her foot and hoof is a little wonky shaped now. But she is sound and luckily didn't cut anything to serious, her injury was in about the same place as yours, however it was a little more to the back then on the side

I hope she heals up nicely! Keep us updated!
    06-21-2012, 04:05 PM
Wow that looks so ouch!! Hope the healing process goes well though!
I'm sure it will!
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    06-21-2012, 08:04 PM
Well she is so far so good. Yea. I check my horses everyday. But mine our brought in and out of the barn. But we are assuming she got into wire somewhere.
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    06-21-2012, 10:59 PM
Green Broke
4 weeks seems like an awfully long time before ckecking on it. I suppose doing as your vet says is the best way but be sure to keep an eye out for complications that can be hidden by the cast.
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    06-22-2012, 01:17 AM
I have signs to watch for problems. But as the wound was to old to stitch, this is the best chance for healing. So we really are crossing our fingers and praying.
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    06-22-2012, 01:35 AM
One of the problems with a wound like this can be the pressure exerted on the damaged tissue as the horse loads the heel quarter. A common protocol to reduce that pressure is a z-bar shoe that engages the frog and supports the hoof but relieves ground reaction force at the effected heel. Might be worth mentioning to the attending farrier.

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