A mishap with barbed wire...(graphic)
Recently my horse got loose from my hand and after running 5 miles down a country road he ran into a iced over beaver pond and was stopped by a submerged 4 strand barbed wire fence.
In order to save him from the 20 degree F temp and the 32 degree water I had to swim out to him, cut the 4 strands and remove it from his legs. He is 15 hh and the water was up past his withers. That made for some really deep water, for I am only 5 foot 6 inches. He was in the water for approx 45 minutes and I was in the water for approx 20 minutes. It was very difficult to cut the wire with the freezing conditions, as I could NOT feel anything and my body was to the point of actually hurting from the conditions.
Long story short, he ended up with some open wounds on his hind legs. This happened 24 days ago, and I am finally seeing some progress. One thing I have going for me is the weather. It has been cold, no flys and bus to fester with the injury.
I wanted to post some pictures for educational purposes and to ask a question about the possibility of proud flesh, but am new to this forum and don't know if that graphic of a picture would be acceptable. If anyone could tell me if posting this picture would be okay, please let me know. I would like the opinions on the recovery process and if anyone believes that what I am seeing is proud flesh or not...