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    03-19-2013, 10:01 AM
I've seen flaps of skin heal back where they originally came from. I'd do what the vet wants. Wrap it, stall rest. The horse won't die from being contained for a little while.
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    03-19-2013, 11:10 AM
I have had similar cuts on two foals and neither could be stitched. I just cleaned them daily and sprayed Wound-Kote on it. I was amazed how quickly they healed and wouldn't have believed it if I had not watched it with my own eyes. I also took a can of wound kote to a friend whos horse had a similar cut and theirs too healed fine.
    03-19-2013, 09:54 PM
Originally Posted by Cherie    
Is the flap attached at the top and hanging down or is it attached from the bottom and sticking up?

Those attached from the bottom may have a poor blood supply and if so, will eventually have to be trimmed back to live skin. Leaving dead skin there will just slow healing and make a thicker scar.
It's attached from the bottom. The vet said it had about a 50/50 shot of reattaching and if not, it would need to be removed.

Oz is being a champ about the whole ordeal. Such a good boy about getting wrapped. The vet did say not to wash it again as long as it didn't get dirty. Just reapply furazone and re-wrap every day or every other day. I'm actually hoping the wrap holds out through Thursday morning because I have off work that day and can go the barn and have more time to re-wrap it up. I just got a new job and things are so crazy it's really, really hard to get away.

I have instructed the girls taking care of the farm (college girls that are regularly involved in the day to day care of the horses and are in charge while the BO is away) not to walk him.

Thanks for all the advice!

Here's the strange thing: Oz was the second horse that had an almost identical cut. The first one had it worse than him: higher up on the hock and she was not very cooperative so it's healing a bit wonky.

Now today a THIRD horse got cut in an almost identical location. I do not believe the horses are in the same pasture (I'm almost positive the first horse and Oz aren't in the same pasture, and I'm not sure which horse got hurt today). They appear to be kick wounds but are in a bit of an odd location and for three at the same barn to get nearly identical wounds... so strange!
    03-20-2013, 10:49 PM
Figured out what was causing the injuries. A shared fenceline was down.

Rewrapped the wound today. The flap didn't stay up. Looks like I'm going to have to get the vet back out to remove it. Not looking forward to the cost... Was almost $200 just to look at it.
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    03-20-2013, 11:12 PM
Figured out what was causing the injuries. A shared fenceline was down.

Rewrapped the wound today. The flap didn't stay up. Looks like I'm going to have to get the vet back out to remove it. Not looking forward to the cost... Was almost $200 just to look at it.
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    03-21-2013, 07:16 PM
This past winter my show horse, who is extremely athletic and used to being ridden 3 times a week, sliced open his leg pretty good right below his hock. He did get stitches, and we had to bandage every day for a few weeks. He was on complete stall rest. I was worried about him going stir crazy but he actually did just fine. I bought him a Jolly Ball to try and help his boredom, and he throws that thing everywhere :) He was also able to see the other horses across the aisle way so I think that helped relax him.

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