I've decided that I would write about what Indy and I have been going through for the last four months. I must first credit Cherie for imparting wisdom and honesty about the seriousness of what was going on with my horse. Had someone not said to me: "This REALLY IS SERIOUS" my wonderful horse may not be here with me today.
I will try to make this story relatively short:
My horse ended up with a very bad case of lymphangitis in both hind legs. The left hind we have since dubbed "the bad leg". My first vet was insistent that he was simply stocked up. This is a horse that has lived in a stall his whole life and never stocked up. By the time the vet came out, my horse was febrile and the swelling was well past the hocks.
A round of antibiotics, steroids, pain killers, and lots and lots of exercise, afforded me a horse that was beginning to get back to "normal".
Until the wound showed up. The skin had broken open from the swelling and revealed a deep hole, as well as a nearly severed extensor tendon. I employed a different vet, as the vet I had previous worked with literally told me to just leave it and let nature take its course...
I tried EVERYTHING to get the hole to heal up. I did wet to dry wraps, triple antibiotic ointment, Nystatin gel, Triamcinolone gel, I tried Underwoods, Vetericyn, Corona, Biozide, EMT gel, and then... I found Equaide.
Finally the wound began to heal... we had the proud flesh under control, and after 4 months our "non-healing" wound, became a HEALING wound!!!!
I thought I would share my pictures as well because it's been a really long road, and i'm so happy that we are marching along with the healing process.
As you can see, the picture of the wound is from day one, all the way until the last picture which I took today. Keep in mind that this wound has taken 4+ months now to heal, and the vet projects another 3 months before the swelling and heat are under better control.