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    06-04-2011, 06:49 AM
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??
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    06-04-2011, 09:07 AM
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).
    06-04-2011, 09:35 AM
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.
    06-04-2011, 10:04 AM
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.
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    06-05-2011, 03:35 PM
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
    06-05-2011, 09:30 PM
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!

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