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  • Bandaging a shoulder injury on a horse

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    08-19-2014, 11:36 AM
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It looks to be worse than it probably is.

For a start off it would be nigh impossible to bandage that area. It would just slip back when the mare moved so forget that!

I have never used Alushield but did have a horrendous injury to a yearling colt that I used Resolve Wound Salve on and that healed his wound to barely a scar.
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    08-19-2014, 12:21 PM
If you needed to bandage it could you micropore a dressing around the wound and then just put an elastic surcingle over it to hold it in place with gamgee over the dressing for extra padding? Sorry just a suggestion - I seem to come up with odd ways of bandaging when needed!
    08-19-2014, 03:47 PM
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The Vet did just exactly what he should have done -- given the place and the kind of wound -- NOTHING!

Flesh wound like this one respond better to Underwoods Horse medicine than anything we have seen or used in more than 30 years. Google it!. You will see several horses that were given up on by Vets and were supposed to be put down and Underwoods healed them up in a matter of weeks. It is cheap and easy to use. It prevents proud flesh and makes a wound close up from the outside toward the center until it is gone, usually with little scarring.

Do no wash it or clean in after the initial cleaning. Water really messes up horses and wounds.
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    08-20-2014, 06:28 AM
I've not read the rest of the thread but looking at it myself is say try applying Manuka honey :)
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    08-20-2014, 11:14 AM
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Manukau honey is brilliant stuff but two things about it.

First majority of so called 'Manuka' honey is so dilute that it is more or less plain honey, which has been used since early Egyptian times as a healing salve.

Secondly applying honey to that area is going to do beggar all. It will drip off attract flies and wasps and any dirt will adhere to it.

Honey is great if the wound can be covered once applied. This wound will not stay covered.
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    08-20-2014, 11:45 AM
Just a thought here, if you do decide to bandage it. Would a slinky shoulder guard hold the bandaging in place? I have never used one so I don't know if it would cover the right spot or not.
    08-20-2014, 02:18 PM
Will the horse stand to be clipped? If so try clipping around the wound so an adhesive bandage can be placed over it. Rinse it daily with cool, clean water, dress with a non sticky wound spray, bandage, and apply a shoulder slinky to protect the bandage. Keeping it clean, moist, and medicated and keeping the horse gently moving are your best bets. How deep is it?
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    08-20-2014, 04:36 PM
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Anything you put on will slip back.
I am speaking from experience, a yearling colt ran through post and rail fencing which impaled him through how chest and came out by his elbow. We tried everything to keep the wound covered and nothing stayed.
We bandaged all round and had breast girth and slinky to try and keep it forward but every time he walked it slipped - even more so when he lay down and got up.

In the end we just left it, kept it clean as possible and let nature take its course. He survived and raced and won.

That wound doesn't look so terribly bad, it will heal.
    08-20-2014, 06:24 PM
Looks like a T-post injury. Step ahead Farms has documentation on quite a few T-Post injuries that look just like that.
    08-20-2014, 06:52 PM
I had a mare that punctured her neck on a t post, and the bandage kept slipping down her neck. We ended up leaving it open and applying corona to the wound after daily washing, and swat on the outside of the wound to keep the flies off of it.

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