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post #11 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 08:52 AM
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ahh omg thats awful poor boy =[ I can't believe some people!
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post #12 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 09:03 AM
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Yeah, I saw that...made me queasy yesterday, makes me queasy today. Horrible :(
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post #13 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 10:06 AM
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That is so sickening to me. I just can't believe people. Well I can but it just inferioriates me. Thankfully, like you all said, that he will be rideable and seems to be "not very" scared. Thats good. Hope he heals well & has a nice owner someday!

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post #14 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 10:43 AM
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Some people don't deserve the air they breathe. They might deserve 1 gulp since they turned the horse over to someone who can heal him instead of just leaving him in a field to die.
I panic when my boys get a scratch from a berry vine or rose bush. I would have the Mayo Clinc on the line if either of them had something even close to that happen.
Horses are amazing though. You know he has to hurt like h*** and is scare on top of that but he looks like he is just letting them do what needs to be done to help him. Hopefully there will updates.
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post #15 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 11:05 AM
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Yeah I read that on Fug too!

I really hope that they raise enough money to do stem cell therapy on that!! Really that's the only thing that's going to heal it up in any time short of 6 months.
I wouldn't be suprised if that gets badly infected within the month.
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post #16 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 12:14 PM
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Anebel... if they're caring for that horse and cleaning out the wound (not cleaning it so that it's bleeding again) every few days, plus keeping a large bandage on it, it most likely will not get infected. Also, there are a large amount of brands of wound cleaners and healers that help speed up the process, help create new skin, and even hair.

I think that a lot of you guys are overreacting. This COULD happen to your horse. I do not know the FULL details... but I do know what happened. The owners didn't leave the horse out in a field for several years, allowing it to grow worse. Instead, they took the horse (that they obviously couldn't care for anymore) to a rescue, wanting the best for him.

It wasn't as much a matter of bad care and "abuse" or "neglect", but it was a case of a horse that got into a BAD scrape. By blaming the owners, you're blinding yourself to the fact that the horse needs help. And it's now getting it.

Note my name: FutureVetGirl. I want to help animals through a Vet career. Rescues mainly. I'd have to deal with cases like this, or similar to this most days. I can't begin yelling and saying "THIS OWNER IS STUPID, HE HAS NO RIGHT TO EVEN OWN A HORSE". I have to help the horse first off, and then look at the situation. It's apparent that the horse is getting help. And the situation is that the owners DID get the horse help. Even if it meant losing their horse.
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post #17 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 12:37 PM
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OK... I reread what happened. I must say that the people could have been more responsible. But I think the biggest thing was that they had no idea how to deal with the horse. Which might mean that they shouldn't deserve a horse. But then... most people who own horses have no idea what do you when your horse gets GIANT scrapes like that. They might have thought that some wound cleaner was good enough for a while. But the DID turn the horse in, willingly, knowing that at the rescue, the horse would get all the help that it needed. I just hope that the owners would learn from their mistakes if they ever get a horse again. :roll:
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post #18 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 01:10 PM
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I have treated a horse with a wound as bad or worse than that, and despite flushing 2-3 times daily it did get infected with many different bacteria, including fasciitis necroticans, or flesh-eating bacteria. Once we finally smartened up and decided to do stem cell, we got all the infections cleaned up using powerful human antibiotics/antibacterials and did the therapy, the wound healed up within the month.
You aren't going to get by putting "Cut-Heal" on that and bandaging it occasionally. That horse is in for a lot of surgeries no matter how they decide to heal it. The best and fastest way to regenerate tissue is either stem cell or A cell therapy.
I have seen a horse with a nearly completely severed muscle heal in under two months (completely with hair and everything) using A cell therapy.

Anyways, if you read the entire story, this does not just "happen" to anyones horse. This happens when ignorant people do ignorant things and then decide they dont want to deal with/pay for the consequences. These people should be charged, put in jail and barred from horse ownership.
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post #19 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 01:25 PM
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I DID read the entire story. And though I don't think it was wise at ALL for the owners to tie up their horse and then leave for a day, things like this CAN happen to anyone. No matter how much preventative care you put into the horse ownership. All it takes is for there to be one loose board, one thing that is misplaced, and you've got a giant scar.

I understand completely that the horse needs surgery. But even still... infections aren't ALWAYS going to set in. In human wounds like this, with the same amount of care, half of the time you end up with huge infections, and the rest of the time you don't. By "speeding up" the process like I was saying, I wasn't talking about having it fully healed in a couple of months. No matter what route you go... it won't EVER be a quick and easy fix. That horse will have a TON of problems. Whether it be infections setting in, or by long-term healing.

Also, when I was talking about bandaging, cleaning, and putting "cut-heal" or whatever on it... I wasn't talking about "occasionally". I was talking about VERY frequently. I guess that when I wrote the last thing... I had forgotten the extent of the damage. I see your point.
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post #20 of 23 Old 08-29-2008, 07:46 PM
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