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    04-19-2013, 08:26 PM
This is very informative:
But I learned something new --> COLD HOSE TREATMENT IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD FOR A WOUND. As it can lead to worse proud flesh.

In Red's case at this moment, since tissue is filling in, the vet told me that you should NEVER cold hose the wound at this point, nor even touch or rub it at all. Any stimulation to the current tissue and current proud flesh will make it grow even more. This is news to me because you always hear about the old cowboys saying "cold hose a wound". The vet said that before the wound fills with tissue, yes! Cold hosing is great. But once it starts filling in, then you have to stop the cold hose.

She said just to keep it bandaged yet and I can continue to email her photos and we can keep tabs on his progress.

She also said what ointment to put on will vary. If I see the wound raised higher than the surrounding skin, that's proud flesh and we need to suck it back. If the wound is flat to the skin, then I can put on the silver sulfate.

Eventually, she said we'll do a dry bandage (no ointment at all) to help transition to using no bandage at all. She said we do want the wound to "dry up" because that is how it heals.

So there was a lot of new information that I'd never really heard before, but she is fresh out of school from a great lameness vet clinic residency, so I trust her word 100%.

I will be changing the bandage tonight and maybe will get some photos up!

Recently a 4 year old filly just had her leg baddly cut by a fence, silly thing tried to kick another horse and missed. But we have been cleaning it and well this is good to know so we don't ruin her leg. I'd always heard the same, cold hose a wound
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    04-20-2013, 08:10 PM
And dropped Red off at the reining trainer today.

Can't wait for some private lessons and for him to learn a bunch!
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    05-02-2013, 06:48 PM
How long was his leg swollen?
    05-02-2013, 07:03 PM
What do you mean? It has kinda been a little swollen throughout the whole process. In the beginning, I'm sure the no movement and hock bandage stocked things up. And now that its almost healed, there's still a tad bit of swelling but it almost completely goes away when I ride/exercise him and get him moving.
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    05-02-2013, 07:26 PM
Originally Posted by beau159    
What do you mean? It has kinda been a little swollen throughout the whole process. In the beginning, I'm sure the no movement and hock bandage stocked things up. And now that its almost healed, there's still a tad bit of swelling but it almost completely goes away when I ride/exercise him and get him moving.
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Well Walter's leg has stayed about the same degree of swollenness since the injury, and warm. He is on rotational turn out now, 1 day in, 1 day out in a pen alone, but the swelling hasn't come down much from activity. Just checking to see if this is normal haha. I am a worrywart!
    05-02-2013, 07:46 PM
Are you compression wrapping it? Red needed the hock bandage wrap, and then I would wrap his lower leg with a polo wrap. That REALLY helped control the swelling when he was stalled, and when he was first turned out.
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    05-15-2013, 05:40 PM
Well, I haven't update this thread in a while, because Red has not been with me!

He's spent the last 3+ weeks with a reining trainer, learning to be softer in the bridle, and to travel more balanced at the trot, and to learn the very basics of a spin and a flying lead change. I was up there for a lesson last week Sunday, and he's coming along. I'll be going up again tomorrow for a lesson, and then for a lesson on Saturday before I bring him home!

When I saw him last week, his wound seemed to look about the same. The trainer had been putting some salve on it almost every day but............


Doing precisely what my vet said NOT to do. (regarding physically RUBBING the wound)

I honestly didn't even realize she had been rubbing, until it had been a minute or so and she was still down there by his wound. After she was done, I asked her if she always rubbed it like that. She said yes. I told her what my vet told me. She disagreed, saying that vets always disagree about rubbing a wound. (I even told her about cold hosing, and she said the same thing; that vets disagree on it.) She said she wouldn't do it if I did not want her to, and I asked her not to, but I guess I was kinda blown away that she still listened to the "old fashioned" vets.

My vet is newly out of school, and newly finished a residency at a very respected Texas Equine Hospital. I trust her 100% with what she says.

So...... I will be interested to see what his wound looks like tomorrow when I see him.

I'll certainly get some pictures on here soon.

The good news is that the swelling has become less and less! Now we just need to get that skin to finish healing over, and maybe by the end of the year we'll have hair!
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    05-15-2013, 06:20 PM
I totally forgot to reply. His leg is no longer wrapped. Just healing over, warm hosing now when I'm out. It's shrunk a lot. He is on regular all day turn out again, yay! His leg is still swollen though. It decreases to almost normal after riding and hosing combinded. It has some new skin growth, and actually some hair coming back, and it looks like a light chestnut colour, not white!

Vets are so different. Mine had not said to not rub it. When I was cleaning everyday it was with a small sponge and betadine scrub. I really enjoy comparing my wound to yours, in terms of what it looks like as it goes along. It sucks that it happened, but I feel like I have a wound buddy!
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    05-15-2013, 06:55 PM
Wound buddies ..... I like that.

Yea, Red's would still swell too for a while, even though he was turned out. When I saw him at the trainers, he had already been tied in the cross ties for a while (the "patience tree" haha) and his leg was only swollen just a hair. Certainly much improved.
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    05-16-2013, 01:23 AM
Oh good. I'm paranoid he will have a semi swollen leg forever haha.

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