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    12-19-2011, 09:12 PM
mare with gash on back leg

A friend of mine has a 10 year old mare they had tied her out to eat and she got tangled up in the rope and they did not know it and it made a bad gash on her back leg it is in the bend so I don't think it can be stiched any ideas on how to doctor it we have been giving her penacillin shots and paroxcide and the purple spray that the feed store told us to keep infection down .......thanks for any info she really loves this horse
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    12-19-2011, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
Keep it clean and discourage the flies from getting to it with a topical. I like to use Vetericine on cuts, but everyone has their own opinion.

If there is ANY lameness, I would call a vet out right away because there could be some damage underneath and if not treated properly could cause the horse to be permanently lame.
    12-19-2011, 09:21 PM
She lays down alot I guess cause it hurts but she can still get up on her own she is eating and drinking she is not walking alot but some just happened yesterday so do you think we are using the right stuff to keep it from infection and some one told us not to wrap it up cause it could not drain what do you think? Thanks for you're addvice
    12-19-2011, 09:28 PM
Green Broke
If it's deep enough that drainage is a worry, I would get a vet because you don't know what kind of funk could by lying in that cut. Infection is a very unpredictable thing and you want to make sure you are controlling it correctly. It could seem all fine and dandy one minute, and an hour later you have a smelly, oozy, puffy sore full of gangrene.

I don't mean to scare you, but I've seen it with horses. If a vet isn't called, keep it clean, keep it clean, keep it clean! If it begins to smell funny (like spoiled meat) get a vet out asap.
    12-19-2011, 09:58 PM
Thanks so much I will let her know
    12-19-2011, 11:02 PM
Ok any help now would be greatly apreseated cause this horse chose the wrong time to get hurt this girl don't get a payday till friday so its hard to get a vet if she can't pay till friday can any body tell me any thing to do to help her horse please
    12-20-2011, 12:47 PM
Rope burns are always very painful and sometimes take a while to heal. The best treatment for this sort of injury is to keep it clean with saline (Mix 1 teaspoon salt to 1 pint previously boiled water). Allow to dry then apply 'Active Manuka Honey' thickly over the wound. It contains natural antibiotics that will keep the wound clean and allow it to heal fast.
    12-20-2011, 05:14 PM
It is it a burn? Or gash? If it a burn I'd also wrap a little clipfirm around it.
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    12-20-2011, 06:48 PM
Green Broke
I think it's a gash because above it was said they were told not to cover it because it needed to drain. Rope burns don't really have a draining issue, gashes do. My guess is it's some sort of rope cut and those are really nasty.
    12-20-2011, 09:04 PM
Yes it is a gash that was caused from them tieing her out we been giving this hores penacillin shots and spraying it with the purple med that the feed store told us to buy me and my dad know a good bit about horses but we have never had to deal with this problem we are just trying to help my friend out thanks for all you're info and I seen on here some where that baking powder helps dry it out any one know if it works I will try any thing

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