leg wound from barbed wire :'( ****warning graffic pictures*** - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 06-04-2011, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
Posts: 323
• Horses: 1
leg wound from barbed wire :'( ****warning graffic pictures***

ok i had had an up hill battle doing it tough at the moment. i got 2 horses, 1 in gelorup and one in waterloo....20-30mins away from each other. it's currently winter so little daylight after work. so i got from work to my new horse barney to ride (20 mins from work) then i feed him and all that. i usually get home about 7pm. so because of that i wouldn't check in on my other horse as often as i'm not riding him. the owners keep an eye on him and there was another chick out there that would do her horse every night. my horse had been there for about 6 months in the same paddock

so last saturday i get a phone call from the owner of the property telling me that he's been informed that my horse has a cut on his leg. all my gear is in waterloo so i got out with whatever i find in the cupboard at home. i get out there and look at it and i cry. it's pretty bad, all gooy and bleeding and deep and covered in sand (must have happened during the night) so i call the vet out and she scrubs it and puts stuff on it and bandages it. she says to leave it on for 3 days then take it off and do nothing. i did that on wednesday and there was proud flesh (growing out) and it was yellow and sooooo gross, she did tell me this. so i leave it and this is what it looked like on wednesday when i removed the bandage.

and this is what it looked like friday (sorry the picture is blurry)

so i went and got copper sulphate, dermacleanse and cetrigen (purple spray). i put dermocleanse on, then put copper sulphate in the centre of the wound and the sprayed with purple spray.

what would you do with an injury like that??

Elly ::: Diam ::: Ozzie
~~~Introducing Barney~~~
corporate pride is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 06-04-2011, 09:07 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Sorry to hear that happened! Poor horse! :(

I didn't have THAT big one but when my qh stuck her head in fence (not the wire though ) and scraped it all over the place I cleaned around and put horseman dream ointment twice/day. I don't think you can do much besides that (also prevents from flies).

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
kitten_Val is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 06-04-2011, 09:35 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Southwest Missouri
Posts: 924
• Horses: 1
For a wound of that nature I would suggest hydro-thearpy with a cold water hosing at least twice daily to debride and cleanse the wound to help prevent proud flesh from forming. Debriding removes any dead skin cells and any washes away any infection that might set in. Hydro-thearpy should be at least and no less than 30 minutes at a time.

You should see if you can find a product marketed by Farnum by the name of Wonderdust. I don't think I'd suggest wrapping the wound as that could hold in the infection. If you can't find Wonderdust using straight powdered Ag Lime will help somewhat with the proud flesh. That is an old timers remedy for proud flesh.
candandy49 is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 06-04-2011, 10:04 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: St.Louis, Missouri
Posts: 550
• Horses: 1
Oh my gosh poor guy :( I thank my lucky stars everytime I arrive at the barn to serious injury free horse. Keep updates please, I hope he heals very quickly.
Posted via Mobile Device
Kymbadina is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 06-05-2011, 03:35 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NQ, Australia
Posts: 351
• Horses: 0
I agree with the above about not wrapping it.

I have had several severe injuries over the years of that nature and found the best is, as said above, to soak it by trickling water over it for 10 or so minutes per day (twice if you have the time). Use a watch because it seems like forever.

Once its had a good soak and is softened, get some gauze soaked in betadine and rub it back to bleeding. This helps the new tissue to grow back healthy. That done, then put yellow lotion, black powder, 'proud aid' or similar on the wound to help keep the proud flesh away.

If need be, you can also carefully cover all that with 'potties white cream' or equivalent. I sometimes just put the white cream over the wound if I don't have time to do the soaking and cleaning thing but it was only every now and again.

Doing this will take longer for the wound to heal but it is much more effective in my opinion.

Unfortunately I don't have photos to show the results I have had but has been very sucessful with minimal to no scarring

Only As Old As You Feel - Sometimes I Feel VERY Old
makin tracks is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 06-05-2011, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
Posts: 323
• Horses: 1
yes poor ozzie!! he's not lame and still runs away when i pull out the spray! LOL but he won't leave his feed too long LOL

i checked him yesterday after the cooper sulphate and dermocleanse treatment and the proud flesh has almost halved! if i can get him to stand still long enough i will take a picture of the way it looks today!

Elly ::: Diam ::: Ozzie
~~~Introducing Barney~~~
corporate pride is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
barbed wire wound Horse Dreamer Horse Health 4 02-28-2011 03:07 PM
Barbed wire? Wallaby Horse Boarding 25 12-11-2010 07:57 PM
Barbed wire KLBaxter Horse Health 25 11-17-2009 11:18 AM
Why i hate barbed wire.... SamboStar Horse Health 23 04-29-2009 12:23 AM
Warning Graphic Son's head meets barbed wire. Dumas'_Grrrl General Off Topic Discussion 16 02-28-2009 11:36 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome