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post #1 of 6 Old 12-23-2012, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Leg through High Tensile Fence (pictures)

My horse Apollo kicked at another horse when he was in the field on Saturday, December 9th and ended up cutting his leg on the electric fence. My barn owner saw it happen and called my mom right away (I'm 4 hours away at college) and the vet came out quickly and stitched him up before it could even swell. From what I was told (I'm hoping to get the pics the vet took) the bone was exposed and the skin was just hanging off. After stitching it up, he put telfa pads over the cut then rolled gauze, rolled cotton, vet wrap, then elastikon on the tope and bottom of the wrap. They were instructed to unwrap and rewrap every other day.

I thought the vet did an amazing job stitching it up! I'm not sure when this picture was taken but it couldn't have been more than a few days after the injury occurred. He was getting 30 cc penicillin 2x a day for 4 days. He was also given banamine for 2 days and then 1 gram of bute 2x a day up until the 21st. Everything was going okay until the 21st when I came out to check on him and just hang out with him for awhile. He was down in his stall and I could just tell from the look on his face that he wasn't okay. His bandage was really messed up so I tried to get him up so I could cut it off and rewrap it. He didn't want to get up and when I finally got him up he went right back down. He wasn't rolling or even looking at his sides but his stomach wasn't making any sounds so I gave him some banamine and he came out of it within a few minutes. So I started to unwrap his bandage only to find that his stitches had come undone. Unfortunately, my vet is out of town until Christmas Eve and we could not get ahold of him so I had to call another vet who came out and removed the stitches (originally supposed to come out on Christmas Eve). He washed it out with warm soapy water and he was very rough on the wound because he wanted to make it bleed. He instructed me to wash it out two times a day then spray EquitrX on it and put telfa pads on it with something called Thermazene then wrap it was rolled gauze and vet wrap.
That's what it looks like tonight. It's been 24 hours since the stitches came out. Most of the yellow stuff is the Thermazene. It's been really hard to get out and I know that washing it out is really painful for him. He's being so amazing though. He stands like a statue. I can actually put my finger down into the cut with the rag and get as some of the Thermazene out. But there comes a point that it hurts too much for him. There is no way I can be as rough as the vet was on it because I'm too afraid that the flap of skin will open up. I'm probably just being paranoid.

Has anyone ever used these products or been through a similar experience??
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-23-2012, 01:46 AM
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How come you are trying to get the thermazene out? And yes, high tensile is a bugger!!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-24-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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The second vet said clean it out twice a day. I got ahold of my original vet tonight and he said that if it was him, he would not put any thing on it and just wrap it. The second vet also said that I could start hand walking him but my other vet said not to.
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Oh gee.....I'd pay attention to the first vet....but that is my own opinion.....HOWEVER there are merits to both courses of action.

The first vet doesn't want to mess with it too much by the sounds of it. And that's ok. He probably wants it to close up some more and not have anymore trauma from reopening. He sounds like he wants to 'protect' the wound.

The second vet sounds like he wants to 'encourage' faster healing BUT also wants to keep it really clean, reduce chances of infection by using the medication and reduce swelling by hand walking......HOWEVER by cleaning the wound, applying particular medications and hand walking can actually increase the chances of trauma, either through walking and putting stress on the seams of the wound, mechanical cleaning could remove new tissue and chemical sloughing of new tissue by applying medication.

Interesting aye?

I would rather protect the wound first......let it close securely, especially because it has already opened once already.
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I would listen to the first Vet. You will just encourage more proud flesh with the aggressive washing. I cannot see anything coming from scrubbing hard other than to get the horse where he does not want to be touched or even wrapped and more proud flesh that will just take longer to get to heal.

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I had a mare kick through a high tensile multiple wire fence and get her leg "twisted in it" (over the upper wire, down through and under the lower wire) so when she pulled her leg out it stripped the flesh to the bone; there was nothing to stitch. Amazingly, the flesh grow back together; she had a scar, but no other permanent damage. I did have to keep it wrapped and clean for weeks to keep the bone covered.

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