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    04-21-2011, 08:40 PM
Green Broke
Nasty wound (Graphic photos!)

Thought I would post this here for those who might be interested.

This is not my pony, but a pony who boards with us.

4 days ago now she came up from the paddock, 4 out of 5 lame, near side rear leg swollen from stifle to fetlock and with what appeared to be nothing more than a scratch about 3 inches above her hock on the inside.

The amount of swelling was the giveaway that all was not as it seems as far as it being a "minor wound". Pony owner called the vet out, who cleaned it all up and found that it was a beat deeper than it looked at first glance. He felt around for any foreign bodies, found nothing. Pony was placed on a course of Trimidine and Bute. Unfortunately I didn't get photos of the wound at either of these stages.

3 days in to her course of antibiotics, pony was about a 2 out of 5 lame at the walk, still a 4 out of 5 at the trot. Swelling was slowly coming down, but the wound was not looking healthy at all. It was oozing a yellowish/green liquid as well as occasionally a bit of blood too. There was heat in the leg and the stench was enough to turn your tummy. She also had a piece of granulation tissue protruding from the wound that was not attached to skin anywhere.

This was yesterday morning.

Needless to say, vet was out again yesterday afternoon. After some sedation he cleaned it all up again and had another feel around. This time, while up to his second knuckle, he discovered a pocket below the wound which was collecting fluid and causing necrotic tissue.

So local anaesthetic was given and an incision made below the wound and the "pocket". A drain was inserted to encourage the fluid in the wound to head straight out that way instead of collecting elsewhere and impeding the healing process any further. She is now on a 5 day course of Penicillin as well.

This was yesterday afternoon.

Her stitches and the drain are coming out Monday and the vet will be out again Tuesday morning to check that all is going well.

(if any one is interested I can keep this updated with photos as she heals?)
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    04-21-2011, 09:13 PM
So sorry. I can sympathize, to an extent--Excel got a nasty wound in the same place on the leg, but on the inside, a few months ago:


Please post as it heals. Best of luck for a speedy recovery!
    04-21-2011, 09:18 PM
Green Broke
Wounds like that are terrible to heal up. My mare had one on her leg --pretty bad, but not bad enough for a vet--, and it took three weeks to close completely. It kept getting proud flesh that I had to melt away.

I'm currently battling another wound on her opposite back leg where something sliced it. Two weeks, and it's still not healed. :/ Proud flesh is a beeyotch. She was lame (grade four) for a week as well. Constant bute doses, washing it twice a day...
    04-21-2011, 10:04 PM
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Washing a wound out after the initial cleaning will cause proud flesh to grow. Water is about the greatest accelerator of proud flesh hat there is.

Since this wound is in a 'fleshy' spot and not over a bone (like below the knee or hock), I would highly recommend Underwood's medicine. It ******s proud flesh and I have never seen a wound get infected using it. It leaves less scarring than anything else I have seen used to heal a flesh wound. Google it and you will see some 'really' bad flesh wounds and the results are unbelievable.

Buddy Underwood lives about 20 miles from me, and I have personally used it and seen some of the horses on his website.
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    04-22-2011, 12:36 AM
Green Broke
Being that we are in Australia getting something like Underwood's here would not be easy.

The only time the wound has been washed out is when the vet has been here and it was done with a diluted solution of iodine. Other than that it is rinsed to remove dirt and sprayed with a wound spray.
    04-22-2011, 08:04 AM
Green Broke
Today she is oozing still, but there is already an improvement in the colour of it. She is probably only a 1 out of 5 lame at the walk now too. She is the most painful horse to give injections too. Took 3 tries to get the full dose in to her.

This picture is from first thing this morning before any cleaning or the like. Was taken on my phone and sent to the vet who said that it looked pretty normal at that stage.

    04-22-2011, 08:11 AM
Looks nasty but oooze is good if not infected!! When is the drain coming out? And how come the pony's owner isn't looking after her wound?
    04-22-2011, 08:15 AM
Green Broke
Oh, it is definitely infected at this stage, but the penicillin should take care of that.

Drain will be coming out Monday afternoon, vet will be out again tuesday morning to check everything out.

Pony's owner is involved in taking care of it, but she is a beginner owner so needs an extra set of eyes and hands. Especially as far as the needles go. She is responsible for washing and spraying and communicating with the vet, etc. I'm just there to step up when pony starts acting up and at the moment to administer the needles.
    04-22-2011, 08:24 AM
Oh yeah, infected for sure!! First time owners, always helps to have an experienced eye around and who better than you!
    04-22-2011, 08:33 AM
Eeek it reminds me of a wound Rocky had as a yearling. I have no idea how he done it but he had an actual hole
Rockys wound.jpg
I wanted my dad to phone the vet for it but he refused and said " just leave it alone it'll heal fine" Which I hated the idea of so I washed it and kept it as clean as I could and it soon healed up.

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