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post #1 of 11 Old 05-02-2010, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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My horse got cut in his back knee by goucho, possibly to the joint, Any Advice? *PICS

I allowed my 3 year old halter horse out in the yard to graze... (there was lots of green grass there and in their pasture right now they dont have much but they do have free choice hay), I knew better since I had another gelding in an adjacent pasture from his and only goucho wire (since this happened I have had all of my fences re-done in horse wire) seperating him from the yard, but since I was outside, I figured it would be okay and I could keep an eye on him. I went inside for a few minutes to grab the phone and when I came out I saw Bakers back leg. It was cut very badly. I immediately called the vetout. She lives about 45 minutes from me, but as soon as she got there she started cleaning it and assessing the damage. She said she was pretty sure it had cut him to the joint. She pulled out shredded pieces for me to see (Im guessing it was ligament). She said something sbout the upper ligament fusing to the lower and something about the synovial fluid... I cant really remember because I was so upset. The surgery to "attempt" to fix the damage was going to be $6,000, so I asked for an alternative. She cleaned it the best she could (which was very thorough), she put in a drain, then stitched it up and injected Amiken directly into the joint...Also she wrapped him with alot of stuff which we have to rewrap and clean everyday. 3 days later she came back and Baker was not doing well at all. He was in ALOT of pain and there was ALOT of swelling. The two days before he was sore, but still bearing weight on it, and no swelling, then on day 3 youd have thought he was going to die. She took out the drain, recleaned, gave him another Amiken injection, and said it looked like he was not going to recover. The next day all the swelling was gone again, he was putting even more weight on it and acting like his normal self again... Since then (it happened last friday, so this is day 8) he has had some minor swelling off and on, I gave him 5 days of genacin in the beginning along with penicillin and he is still getting the penicillin. And he is really seeming to improve, except he is getting mad because he hates being kekpt in the stall. My question is, Does anyone know of anything else I can do to help him recover or improve his chances because I know we are still not out of the woods. I am worried sick about him and feel helpless. Thanks for any advice.
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Hi, I am so sorry about your horse. A very traumatic experience for the both of you I am sure. My stallion when he was 3 cut his leg in that same spot I believe. (Cant really see your pics of it well, may be my computer screen). His to was down to the good meat as I call it. My vet did the same as yours but he never told me he wouldn't recover. We were relentless in cleaning it so it didn't get infected. He too very much hated his stall but if you turn him out He will for sure bust it open I think. (My opinion) Buckshot did recover but his hock on that side is always going to "bigger" than the other. I didn't take any pics of it but I sure wish I would have so you could have seen how huge it was. I was for sure it was going to burst several times. Now he is fine, we dont ride him, he is just a big baby so I cant say if he is lame when riding. I would guess he would go lame if he was rode alot. I know this doesn't help very much, I just wanted to let you know that I have been through it as well. Hang in there! You are doing a great job from what I can tell. Hope he recovers very soon! Praying for your boy!
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Ouch! By the way, what is gaucho wire? Never heard that one before.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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Poor baby. Sometimes you just hate hindsight huh? it's that whold shoulda coulda woulda thing.

I'm sorry, I hope your baby recovers without a hitch.

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I think all that dead flesh should be cut away.

When wrapping, it make sure you aren't wrapping it too tightly; all the swelling and pain that one day could have had nothing to do with the injury itself and everything to do with how he was wrapped. I would use alot of non stick pads over the wound itself, some cotton type batting wrapped around the joint, over that, or other guaze type material, then lightly wrap with vet wrap; that will give him a bit of support, as well as alot of 'drainage' padding.

I hope he recovers quickly...he's a pretty thing

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Gaucho wire is barbed wire but it curls up and wraps around whatever broke it usually... I dont really know any other way to describe it or really what the difference is between this and other barbed wire except what I explained... Its definately the worst wire you can put horses in... it "shreds" whatever it cuts... and my ex-husband put it up when we were still married against my judgement... LOL... hence the word "EX"
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mom2pride~ that sounds exactly like what we are doing... via the vets advice. Thanks so much to you and everyone else that are posting comments and advice.
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Originally Posted by draftrider View Post
Ouch! By the way, what is gaucho wire? Never heard that one before.
Barbed wire. You can see a photo of it in her pregnant mare thread.

I sure hope you are removing that before you turn a foal out in that paddock.

Hope your boy heals quickly and with minimal issues.
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