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        08-11-2012, 11:08 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    That makes me feel better that your vet said that about the drainage smell dee. My girl knocked her wedged shoe off today that we duct taped to her and when I picked it up, I could smell the odor. I wanted to panic at first but then I noticed that some of the fluid had leaked down into the tape and wooden wedge and that's what I was smelling. I'm constantly smelling of the fresh fluid and it has absolutely no odor so I guess we're doing OK there.
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        08-13-2012, 01:36 AM
      #32
    Yearling
    My horse Blaze did this to his foot 2 yrs ago the week after I got him.



    Its was pretty bad. He was spooked by the ex trainers dog and ran thru a barbwire fence. He knicked a vein so we were scared if we called the vet they would say to put him down. So we didn't call the vet. We wrapped it tight and prayed it would stop bleeding and not bleed thru the bandage and our prayers worked it didn't bleed thru! So I had to keep his stall completely clean so infection wouldn't settle in. After a week we braved taking the bandage off and it did look all that bad.We also never bandaged it back cause it was better for it get air(so ignore the ppl telling you to wrap it.) The pic above was taken four or five days after we took the bandage off. It took a good 5 or 6 months for the foot to heal completely but because he also left blind in one he wasn't ridable for 11 months!!!
         
        08-13-2012, 01:56 AM
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    Originally Posted by shaggy    
    My horse Blaze did this to his foot 2 yrs ago the week after I got him.



    Its was pretty bad. He was spooked by the ex trainers dog and ran thru a barbwire fence. He knicked a vein so we were scared if we called the vet they would say to put him down. So we didn't call the vet. We wrapped it tight and prayed it would stop bleeding and not bleed thru the bandage and our prayers worked it didn't bleed thru! So I had to keep his stall completely clean so infection wouldn't settle in. After a week we braved taking the bandage off and it did look all that bad.We also never bandaged it back cause it was better for it get air(so ignore the ppl telling you to wrap it.) The pic above was taken four or five days after we took the bandage off. It took a good 5 or 6 months for the foot to heal completely but because he also left blind in one he wasn't ridable for 11 months!!!
    There are so many things I would disagree with in this post..
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        08-13-2012, 02:35 AM
      #34
    Yearling
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    There are so many things I would disagree with in this post..
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    It was 2yrs ago and he's fine and happy now. But because Im curious what all do you disagree with?
         
        08-13-2012, 02:54 AM
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    I find it selfish that you wouldn't call the vet because you were scared that the vet would tell you to put the horse down. Also that you waited a week before changing the bandaging. I also disagree when you said to ignore everyone that said to wrap it. It's important to keep the wound clean.

    Not a big deal, just probably something you shouldn't do again. I'm not trying to start drama, I'm just saying it for your benefit.
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        08-13-2012, 03:07 AM
      #36
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by WesternBella    
    I find it selfish that you wouldn't call the vet because you were scared that the vet would tell you to put the horse down. Also that you waited a week before changing the bandaging. I also disagree when you said to ignore everyone that said to wrap it. It's important to keep the wound clean.

    Not a big deal, just probably something you shouldn't do again. I'm not trying to start drama, I'm just saying it for your benefit.
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    Ok there a was a reason for everything we did. I didn't make the decision not to call the vet my trainer at the time did because she had already had to have one horse put down with a similar leg injury. But when she but pressure on it the bleeding stopped so we bandaged tight enough to pressure on it. The reason we left the bandage for week was because we did want to pull on the wound and cause it to start bleeding again. We kept a close eye on it. And as for telling her to ignore what ppl were saying about bandage that was just an opinion.
         
        08-13-2012, 10:14 AM
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    A veterinarian cannot order you to put your horse down. The horse owner makes all decisions. The vet can tell you what he or she recommends, and you can take it or leave it.

    The vet actually recommended putting the QH mare down I posted about earlier (the cougar attack). But, since the cougar had killed another of her horses during the same attack (a very promising filly), my friend didn't have the hear to put her mare down. So, she elected to try to save her.

    I also agree that not changing the wrapping for a full week was potentially dangerous. If air help heal the wound is so important, why wrap it for a full week? My vet cautioned me to change Bandit's wrap every three days.
         
        08-13-2012, 11:22 AM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by WesternBella    
    I find it selfish that you wouldn't call the vet because you were scared that the vet would tell you to put the horse down. Also that you waited a week before changing the bandaging. I also disagree when you said to ignore everyone that said to wrap it. It's important to keep the wound clean.

    Not a big deal, just probably something you shouldn't do again. I'm not trying to start drama, I'm just saying it for your benefit.
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    For learning purposes only, we could also add a trainer allowing a dog around a new horse, being afraid of a vet & using barbed wire especially with new horses that you don't know how respectful of fences they are. Trainer fail, not owner.
         
        08-13-2012, 12:36 PM
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    Thanks, glad to know I'm not the only one that thinks that :)
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        08-13-2012, 02:41 PM
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    Yearling
    I really do appreciate everyone's comments and advice. None of it falls on deaf ears. I'm the type that likes to pick and choose from many resources and form my own bag of tricks so to speak. The vet should definitely be involved at least, but sometimes the experiences of other people, and their outcomes, tells me just as much on how to approach something. I have a dog today that is still with us because I decided to not give up on a situation quite as quickly as the vet recommended simply because I consulted with other owners of this particular breed who had my problem and our vet had personally never experienced this problem herself. It took a while, but even my vet is blown away at how well our dog is doing. (Talking about a dachshund who is fully mobile again after being paralyzed for 7 weeks) So anyway, please don't hesitate to tell me all your similar experiences here and how you approached them as well as how it turned out. I appreciate the comments. Just to update, we're about 1 1/2 weeks into this and I'm noticing granulated tissue start to form inside the cut which is actually encouraging. It's starting to heal from the inside out. The Underwoods had done a wonderful job keeping infection out and the damaged tissue around the outside of the cut has a nice thick baking powder crust on it (which unfortunately she likes to pick on because it must be rather tasty..grrrrr). I've started putting dabs of Nu-Stock just around the outside edges of the "crust" because it has sulfur in it and isn't quite so tasty. I would try bell boots but the trick with Underwoods is absolutely no wrapping or anything that could hold in the moisture. The wooden wedge, which was my vets idea, has actually been a lot of help. It definitely keeps the wound closed better than just standing on it barefooted and square. And lots of prayers. To me, that's hugely important. I know y'all don't really know me or my Moon, but I would appreciate a prayer if y'all feel led to. :)
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