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post #21 of 92 Old 08-09-2012, 11:16 PM
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Oh and she was completely sound to ride when the time came. Absolutely no limp, tenderness, or gait abnormality at all. The vet thought I was crazy bc I just didn't believe she would recover so well!!
If that had happened to one of us...we would be in the hospital for a very long time!!
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post #22 of 92 Old 08-09-2012, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much ioconner. I sooooooo needed to hear that. :)
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With the injury gaping open like that, I would for sure recommend wrapping it. We had a gelding cut the back of his fetlock on the fence - deep enough to hit a small artery, but not deep enough to hit a tendon. He walked around spraying blood everywhere, but not limping. The limp came a bit later - guess it started getting sore.

Needless to say, we called the vet out. By the time the vet got there, we had pretty much stopped the bleeding. He cleaned the cut out good, and because of the location, advised against stitches. He did, however, recommend keeping the the whole hoof and lower leg wrapped to keep debris out of the wound.

We changed dressings every other day for almost two weeks before the vet said it might be safe to leave it open. We also used a powdered antibiotic the vet gave us in a puffer bottle. Horse healed up fine, but it sure was a lot of work.

Now - I have nothing against Underwoods at all - its great stuff. I used it on Rain when she stuck her foot somewhere it didn't belong and ripped the front of her fetlock open. Daughter was all panicked wanting to call the vet, but when I got home to see the injury for myself, I realized it looked bad, but was not deep. It healed up just fine with the Underwoods, and it sure was a lot less work than the gelding's cut was... but it was also a lot less serious.

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post #24 of 92 Old 08-10-2012, 02:02 PM
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My mare cut herself in that fashion, she severed an artery when she did it. We stitched and wrapped. That being said, Did the vet say soaking would be ok? I would want to soak it in some kind of betadine solution.

BUT... I had a cut on my older horse years ago, we never figured out what he did, it almost looked like he ran into something during a storm, he had a perfect 90 degree angled cut that flapped and went really deep. By the time we found it, (the next morning) it was past the 5-6 hour window for stitching so we used some type of granulating spray on it. The first few days I cleaned it with a betadine scrub daily and then sprayed that spray twice a day. After a few days I was told that by cleaning it everyday I was delaying the healing process because it needed to be allowed to scab so I just started spraying the spray over the ick. It drove me nuts because there would be dried sawdust in it or pieces of hay that I couldn't pick out w/out disturbing the scab. But it did heal so... I would follow the vets advice, just keep a really good eye on it.

Any soreness or oozing and you need to have the vet check it sooner than later. Any new swelling or heat, etc.

As for the underwoods stuff, a friend of mine used it for a huge cut/gash over a fractured canon bone and her horse healed with no scar whats so ever.

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post #25 of 92 Old 08-10-2012, 02:14 PM
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I have never used Underwoods on a gash like that, but it really does work, and you don't have to wash the wound.


Little Baby Flight managed to find a nail and put a flap cut at the top of her leg, I washed it well first, which she hated, but then I just used underwoods and powder on it. It was a lot easier to do, didn't have to restrain her, or fight with her, less traumatic for her, and for the wound. I was twitchy about it because being a baby she was lying down a lot, and it looked grungy, but it healed quickly and cleanly.

If the vet is happy with the protocol you are using, and if you watch it like a hawk and deal with it if it gets hot or swollen, I say keep doing what you are doing.
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Boy do I need your cheerleading right now and keep the success stories coming. I am so praying I get to be the one to share a success story some day. I've had horses since the age of 14 and I'm almost 39 now and believe it or not, so far this is the worst cut I've ever had to deal with. I've been blessed in that department. The vet is definitely satisfied with how we are handling it outside of casting it and I am sending her pictures every couple of days. So now I just need to be patient I guess. It looks ugly and dirty but I'm impressed how cool everything feels and how the swelling is going down. The inside of the gap is moist and it kind of bubbles when she steps but its clear and smells normal. I check on her every hour or so. Luckily I have her at my home and the stall is just a carport and a haystack length away. She'll be one pampered little girl by the time this is all over but she deserves it. Wish I could do more. Better yet, wish I could go back in time and find that blasted wire before she did.
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post #27 of 92 Old 08-10-2012, 04:54 PM
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The fact that it looks and smells good is encouraging. Bandit's wound was horrific... we didn't catch it right away unfortunately and it looked really, really bad by the time we did. When we were in the bandage changing phase, the smell was so horrible I had a hard time finding people willing to help me... one of my friends passed out and the other one vomited from the stench.

But again, Bandit recovered completely to the point where we were once again riding him (including gaming). Horses are incredible in their ability to heal!

Another encouraging story on healing: a mare I used to show was attacked by a cougar and chased through the neighbors barbed wire fence. Her front shoulders had huge chunks missing. There was no possibility of stitching or wrapping due to the location. She also healed up completely (though she did have some pretty nasty scars. She was able to be ridden normally and the only effect we saw was that she was hesitant to pick up the left lead, and that was the side with the most damage (there was actually a big chunk of muscle missing). She didn't seem like she was in pain at all... just that it was easier to use the other lead so that's what she did.
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post #28 of 92 Old 08-10-2012, 10:10 PM
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This just happened at my barn, one of the horses that were turned out at night got himself stuck in between two fences and ended up slicing his foot open just like that...we had to give him stitches. You need to clean that extremely well, cause its going to take a long time to heal if it isn't stitched up and is just open like that. Its been about a month and a half, and he is still having to have it wrapped. I hope she turns out okay!!!
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post #29 of 92 Old 08-11-2012, 02:09 AM
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Can't help, but good luck and jingles for your pony!
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post #30 of 92 Old 08-11-2012, 05:25 PM
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I have to admit, changing the bandages on out gelding was a nasty, smelly job. The first time I helped with it, the smell nearly knocked me over. I called the vet, back out. He just kind of chuckled. It was the smell from the drainage absorbed by the bandage I was smelling. He said the wound looked really great, but the bandages would stink to high heaven as long as the wound was draining. He said just to make sure that the color and consistency of the drainage didn't change, or that the smell didn't get a lot worse.

Personally, I think it was bad enough the way it was...

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