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    08-04-2012, 02:49 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Did you ever find what she cut herself on?

If you can borrow a metal detector, it would be a lot faster than taking a metal garden rake across 20 acres, no matter how flat and treeless you are.

That's one big Owwee I hope she heals soon but that looks like you're done for this season

There are some horses that just seem like they should come with bubble-wrap

One of my four is like that but his latest injury was human-induced by a Farrier that thought he knew more than me. Right now the poor horse is in the side yard with a leg/hoof wrap big enough to be another leg. I don't know what kind of drugs the vet injected into him this morning but he's "gimpin' around" pretty darn good - I should've asked for some of whatever it was
     
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    08-04-2012, 03:07 PM
  #12
Weanling
Oh she's definitely not out in the pasture. I actually took these pics right before I ran the water hose on it and cleaned it with betadine. The Underwoods highly encourages not to wash it with each treatment so I clean it in the morning after she's been laying down and getting it a little messy and then I treat it 3-4 times a day with the Underwoods and baking powder which its supposed to create a bandaid of some sort. I'm so tempted to wrap it but I was strictly told not to with the Underwoods. Moisture retention is bad with this stuff apparently. My vet can't tell me if she'll be sound again right now. We do have the advantage of no hoof damage and she said its just amazing how these guys sometimes bounce back from the nastiest injuries. But yes, our racing days are probably on hold for quite some time. I have another one I'm starting. Guess he'll get more attention than we were both banking on now.
     
    08-04-2012, 03:09 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Well I hope for a speedy recovery these things are not easy. PLEASE keep us updated!
     
    08-09-2012, 08:44 PM
  #14
Weanling
One Week

I think I'm going to do weekly updates just to see if y'all see any progress. I know that an injury like this is going to take several weeks and even months so one week is really not much yet. But I'm treating her with Underwood Horse Medicine four times a day right now. Those of you familiar with it, you sprinkle it with baking powder after you spray it on and you are NOT supposed to wrap it which goes against my grain but I really want this stuff to work and I've seen some amazing before and afters. So anyway, today is exactly one week. Not much difference I guess but inside the gap is fresh pink and there's hardly any swelling in that ankle any more. Everything is cool to the touch and no bad smell. We carved her a one inch thick wedge out of oak and gorilla duct taped it to her hoof to help keep the gap closed more when she takes a step. It's not pretty but it does help and also elevates the injury some to keep it off the ground. She's completely stall bound at the moment which is driving her crazy because she's used to 20 or so acres every day. But she's being a good patient. I don't even have to put a halter on her when I come to spray her. She stands perfectly still. So it is what it is. My vet is content with our efforts. Oh and I did find the culprit out in the pasture. There was one strand of barb wire that had come detached from about 3 t-posts on the back side of the pasture and ended up laying on the ground. We've replaced quite a bit of our fencing with finish line and one inch electric strap on top (highly recommend finish line fencing by the way...easy and relatively affordable) but with 45 acres, we can't do it all at once. The back side is still barbed wire and I do ride fences regularly to check them. I'm sick that I didn't catch this loose one in time. We just baled hay in a field that shares this particular fence with her pasture so I'm not sure what happened to cause it to dangle on the ground since then. And it wasn't the lowest wire either so she didn't step into it and then pull it off. I HATE barbed wire! Our place was leased out to cattle folks before we bought it so it was completely barbed wire fenced.

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    08-09-2012, 09:13 PM
  #15
Weanling
I agree with blue eyed pony..it looks really dirty! I would try to keep it as clean and dressed as possible..did the vet put her on pen or did you?
Is she up to date on her tetanus...it looks ugly!
Just read the update
     
    08-09-2012, 09:33 PM
  #16
Weanling
I've been giving her the pen shots but according the vet's dosage and she got a tetanus booster the day after it happened. I know it looks bad now but the Underwood does make it look worse. It's a dark brown spray and the baking powder creates a "crust" that you're not supposed to pick off. You are not supposed to wash it or wrap it. I know it's all very opposite of what we're used to. It does keep the flies off and disinfects with each application. I have a friend who experienced this very injury with her horse but many years ago and she said the Underwood healed it completely. He was a trail horse for many years after the injury. And she too said don't wrap it! Let the Underwood do it's thing. So I'm praying that I'm doing the right thing.
     
    08-09-2012, 09:54 PM
  #17
Started
That's a pretty good cut! I'm glad you were able to find and clean up the wire that did it.
     
    08-09-2012, 09:59 PM
  #18
Yearling
I just don't know.. I'm not familiar with Underwoods but every instinct tells me that foot is just not going to heal if she's allowed to use it normally... it's just going to keep gaping open.

My pony had a nasty, nasty cut in a similar location. It was cut all the way down to the bone, starting on the back of the foot, wrapping around to the front and actually through the coronet and down into the hoof. We tried for several weeks to get it to heal using a topical cream and wrapping it with cotton and vetwrap, but with every step the pony was ripping the wound open. My vet eventually ended up putting a hard cast on it for a week and that did the trick. Once the cast came off, the leg was weak but much, much better. After some rehab, he was 100% sound.

I don't doubt the Underwoods works but I just am not sure due to the location of the injury, whether it's going to work here. What does your vet think?
     
    08-09-2012, 10:48 PM
  #19
Weanling
She said that she does believe it'll heal, it'll just take longer than a cast. It was actually her idea to put a wooden wedge on it to keep the gap from opening so much with each step. I just read a lot of horror stories about stitches and a cast so I'm personally refraining until I just don't see any improvement what so ever. I may just cave and go with a cast anyway. The finances have just not fallen into place for us lately. We had a barn fire last fall and now our home A/C needs to be replaced in the middle of a Texas August. My credit card is bursting at the seams. Nikelodeon, it is good to read that your pony is sound after such a bad injury. Thanks for commenting.
     
    08-09-2012, 11:13 PM
  #20
Foal
I had a 6 month old filly that from all guess got her front right leg over a fence, got stuck, panicked, and basically sawed her leg down to the bone. By the time I saw it, she was dragging her leg and hobbling around. I thought for sure the vet would put her down. Nope...he's real old school and gruff...said she'll be just fine. Gave her tetanus, pain meds, antibiotics, and some wound care stuff. My farrier recommended the underwoods.
I'm an RN and it went against everything nurse wise to not clean it. I would still use the underwoods and clean her wound. My farrier said...look, just trust me and follow the directions. He has never steered me wrong so I agreed. I did look like hell for a long time, but within 6 months everything had healed...completely. Everything grew back, even the hair was the same color and barely any scar. I wish I had before and after pics to show you. You could not even tell she had this massive gaping gash in her leg 6 months before. The underwoods is some a may zing stuff!! I say stick with it as long as she isn't showing any signs/symptoms of infection, and it sounds like your vet agrees with your current treatment plan.

I'm sending healing vibes your way!!
     

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