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    11-09-2010, 09:33 AM
Leg Injury

My horse double barreled a pony through the fence the other day (pony snuck into her paddock while she was having breakfast. Fencing isn't bad it is wooden post and top rail with the white plastic coasted wire strands underneath) and receieved a huge laceration (skin hanging off and able to see the tendon eww) and obviously took her straight to the vet and every thing so I thought I would post some information on her progress incase any one else might find it helpful. :)

Day One-
Vet within 15mins (had to take on the float which she was fine we just hosed then bandaged it up), tetanus booster, stitches, bandaged etc.

5ml Bute twice a day for 2 days then 5ml once a day until used up.
25ml Penicillin injection once a day.

Day Four-
Re-bandaged, looks excellent, no swelling or heat.

* Noticed that her pastern swells over night but she walks it off during the day and I've been leading/walking her around the arena, up the driveway etc.

Photos- You can tell the worst picture is straight after it happened then the orange bandage we did to take her to the vet then stitches and then day four first re-bandage session.

Hope this can help anyone.
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    11-09-2010, 11:01 AM
Your horse did a fine job of cutting herself.

It looks like it is healing well. Continued good healing vibes for you.
    11-10-2010, 03:36 AM
Thanks! Glad I was there when it happened so it wasn't left like that until I fetched her next.
    11-10-2010, 03:55 AM
2nd photo - is that vet-wrap placed directly on the skin? I don't think you're supposed to do that for the risk of cutting off circulation (although for a heavily bleeding wound that might be ideal... ).

It's good that it didn't happen to the back of her leg where all her tendons are. She is a lucky girl! I'm glad she is healing nicely.
    11-10-2010, 06:14 AM
OMG !!!
That looks really bad .
Hope the big boy get well soon .
    11-10-2010, 06:31 AM
Noo not directly onto wound haha. It is my emergency wrap to get onto the float to the vet. It has the non stick padding underneath and the bandage is the type that doesnt stick to the horse only sticks onto the bandage itself. The vet wrapped it with again the non stick padding and then sticky elsatoplast bandage.

And thanks! She's a tough girly, no limp or lameness at all :)
    11-10-2010, 08:40 AM
Originally Posted by Snookeys    
2nd photo - is that vet-wrap placed directly on the skin? I don't think you're supposed to do that for the risk of cutting off circulation (although for a heavily bleeding wound that might be ideal... ).
Using vet wrap alone is not uncommon. It is just not recommended unless you are experienced because the risk of injury by doing it wrong is there.
    11-10-2010, 09:31 AM
Wow! That's one good cut! I'm glad your horse is healing!

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