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post #1 of 4 Old 12-04-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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a light at the end of the tunnel

Made a slid show reference to my mare's degloved leg healing progress. It Wouldnt allow me unlimited characters in descriptions... in short, we havent really done anything that complicated in the treatment. Just wrapping, washing, and waiting, almost Daily!

2 weeks ago she received skin grafts (the 1st round) the vet stuck in about 80 of them and you can see they were taken off her flank. This also was a pretty mild procedure, and decently light on the pocket book. About $300.00 for the initial procedure and the check up 6 days later. Like I said this wound was wrapped daily about 95% of the time.

In the 2nd week the 1st vet I had on this detail let it get air for about 5 days straight in order to battle the gangrene the leg had acquired. Speed up to 2 weeks ago the leg has to be wrapped like a shipped china doll in order for those grafts to do their thing.

The wrap was left alone for 6 days after the skin graft procedure and is getting changed every 3-4 days. My horse has had to be strictly stalled about 70% of the time (during the crucial parts, but she has gotten the OK from the vet at appropriate times to be turned out for a few hours a day. As you can see at the end, this pony will pull through.

I am glad I decided to sleep on putting her to sleep. We aren't done yet. The proud flesh will be trimmed back and we will probably need round 2 on grafting.

This is my 1st horse and 1st HORRIBLE injury. I have for sure learned a lot and really had to buck up. Besides the half of dozen times the vets have put their hands on it, its been ALL ME. Picking buried bed shaving out of the wound, washing the wound, scrubbing the wound, dressing the wound, getting laid out by a pissed off stall crazy horse kick to the gut... etc, but it's been worth it. We have both fought and are happy with the results. Again, the last part is to get the leg back to it's "shape" and get skin over it. There may or may not be hair that grows where the graft covers but that's a small flaw I couldn't care less about. Also this injury resulted in a severed extensor tendon. It affected her gait in the beginning but horses are awesome and can pull through pretty much anything. She has learned to consciously over compensate picking it up and setting it down. She can run, trot, kick, and play.

In case you are wondering this has cost me about $3,000-$4,500 and we're still climbing!

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-04-2012, 06:47 PM
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Holy cow! That is a big wound! Not that I am any expert, but you seem to be doing great for her! I can't imagine that kind of injury!! I commend you! Sheesh! Do you know how she did it? She is a beautiful girl, by the way!
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-05-2012, 08:13 AM
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Wow! Glad she's doing better
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Wow! 30 years with horses and that's one I've not dealt with or seen in real life, thank goodness. Good for you not giving up and seeing it through! With the tendon involved as well, what is her prognosis as far as soundness goes? Sure looks like she is moving well at this point.

Please keep us updated on her progress. Cases like this with great vet care and owner involvement are great learning tools and show what they can overcome with dedicated care. Sending healing vibes & jingles for her continued recovery.
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