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        05-02-2013, 04:37 PM
      #71
    Weanling
    Ugh, Robbie's deep cut got a hole too.

    It's a pocket of infection that healed over and now "exploded" and came to the surface. I'd get a vet out to look and see how deep it goes. If it is deep into the leg, things could get bad quick.
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        05-02-2013, 04:49 PM
      #72
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by blush    
    Ugh, Robbie's deep cut got a hole too.

    It's a pocket of infection that healed over and now "exploded" and came to the surface. I'd get a vet out to look and see how deep it goes. If it is deep into the leg, things could get bad quick.
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    Ah, yikes . Thank you Blush. The pocket itself isn't very deep, but I will give the vet a call for sure. I don't want it getting worse.
         
        05-02-2013, 05:15 PM
      #73
    Yearling
    Is it possible to have Equine Lymphangitis without lameness? His leg has been swollen since the injury occured. Vet didn't say anything last weekend when we did the front leg exams, and lameness exams about the swelling. Hmm.
         
        05-02-2013, 05:57 PM
      #74
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    My speculation is that, because of the intensity of the injury, most of the tissue in the leg still have some degree of inflammation thereby reducing circulation and causing some of the swelling. It's the same situation when we cut ourselves - you'll see red/discoloured skin and 'lumpiness' but as the cut heals it lays flat again and the colour fades; and so eventually will Walter's leg return to normal (well new normal as he will now have a scar there as well). But, when in doubt, I'm sure a quick chat with the vet will resolve any concerns.
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        05-18-2013, 09:20 PM
      #75
    Yearling
    I'd rather not start my own thread since there seems to be quite a few threads about extensor tendon injuries... so I'd like to post some pictures of my own issue right now, and ask a few questions. I am working very closely with my vet to try to get this wound to heal... but I don't want to be one of those crazy people that calls and texts their vet every 5 minutes. Haha!
    My horse has been completely sound through this whole thing, which is crazy to me. He's currently on a titrated dose of Prednisone, as well as 1 gram of Bute daily. The first picture is when this all started. Just looks like an empty hole. The next two pictures are from today. The vet says she wants me to start leaving him unwrapped so that the wound can dry out. Unfortunately, the wound just weeps and the leg swells up. So is this pretty normal? The swelling is what upsets me the most. When he's ridden, or wrapped, the swelling goes right down. But if I leave the leg unwrapped for more than 30 minutes, then it ends up like this. Ugh! How long did your horses leg swell, Xxdanioo? Do you have pictures of how it looks now?
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        05-18-2013, 09:48 PM
      #76
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Oxer    
    I'd rather not start my own thread since there seems to be quite a few threads about extensor tendon injuries... so I'd like to post some pictures of my own issue right now, and ask a few questions. I am working very closely with my vet to try to get this wound to heal... but I don't want to be one of those crazy people that calls and texts their vet every 5 minutes. Haha!
    My horse has been completely sound through this whole thing, which is crazy to me. He's currently on a titrated dose of Prednisone, as well as 1 gram of Bute daily. The first picture is when this all started. Just looks like an empty hole. The next two pictures are from today. The vet says she wants me to start leaving him unwrapped so that the wound can dry out. Unfortunately, the wound just weeps and the leg swells up. So is this pretty normal? The swelling is what upsets me the most. When he's ridden, or wrapped, the swelling goes right down. But if I leave the leg unwrapped for more than 30 minutes, then it ends up like this. Ugh! How long did your horses leg swell, Xxdanioo? Do you have pictures of how it looks now?
    I'm no vet so I can only tell you my experience with something like that.

    The wrapping helps the lymphatic system to pump fluid back into the main circulation. Wrapping also makes the vessels 'lazy', so to speak. So when you remove the wraps the vessels have less pressure in them & the fluid tends to collect, kind of a rebound edema. The swelling also pushes extra fluid to the path of least resistance (the hole), which though it looks bad may be good.

    If it were my horse I would leave the wraps off, let it swell & let the vessels get back to what they normally do on their own. I know it sounds a bit daunting to let it swell but you need to break the cycle & I think the body will do it, though it may take a few days. You may even see some yellowish seepage from the normal skin but as long as the leg doesn't get hot or painful just keeping it clean should be enough.

    I would expect the swelling to creep down towards the foot as that is the best way for the body to get rid of it, by the hoof's pumping action.

    The steroid is likely preventing faster wound healing & weaning off it would be best. You probably already know it can't be quickly stopped.

    The bute should be fine.

    Again, I'm no vet & your vet is the best one to advise you.
    Good luck.
         
        05-18-2013, 10:24 PM
      #77
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Oxer    
    I'd rather not start my own thread since there seems to be quite a few threads about extensor tendon injuries... so I'd like to post some pictures of my own issue right now, and ask a few questions. I am working very closely with my vet to try to get this wound to heal... but I don't want to be one of those crazy people that calls and texts their vet every 5 minutes. Haha!
    My horse has been completely sound through this whole thing, which is crazy to me. He's currently on a titrated dose of Prednisone, as well as 1 gram of Bute daily. The first picture is when this all started. Just looks like an empty hole. The next two pictures are from today. The vet says she wants me to start leaving him unwrapped so that the wound can dry out. Unfortunately, the wound just weeps and the leg swells up. So is this pretty normal? The swelling is what upsets me the most. When he's ridden, or wrapped, the swelling goes right down. But if I leave the leg unwrapped for more than 30 minutes, then it ends up like this. Ugh! How long did your horses leg swell, Xxdanioo? Do you have pictures of how it looks now?
    Ugh so many injuries this year! Honestly, Walter's leg is still swollen. It's been unwrapped for a month or two now? I cannot remember. I will have to look at picture dates. I don't have a current picture at the moment, and I'm also at the farm so I will have to get pictures tomorrow.

    I have been hosing his legs everytime I'm at the barn. Hosing or lunging/riding brings the swelling down for a little while. He is back on turnout in a decent sized pen, but it's always swollen when I get out there.

    I had his leg wrapped for a decent amount of time. It's just a shrunken scab now. He was lame for the first day. On bute for about 4-5 days, and 5 days of penicillin. My big worry was keeping it clean as it was so deep. Are you putting anything on it under the wrap?
         
        05-19-2013, 02:08 AM
      #78
    Yearling
    I did an antibiotic/steroid cream, switched off with silver sulfadiazine every other day until about a week ago. At that time, I was keeping it covered/wrapped 100% of the time. Then the vet came out again and gave me a wet to dry pad (sodium chloride, I believe) and that worked wonders.... for about 2 days :(
    I am now only dry wrapping the "hole" with a sterile gauze pad, and vet wrap when I ride. Then he's bare until bedtime, which is when I dry wrap him again and put him in a standing wrap as well. So in short... no. Nothing under the wraps right now.

    You really are right, Natisha. This is all what my vet has said as well. But it's really tough to see his leg get like that and do nothing about it. *sigh*
         
        05-19-2013, 02:49 AM
      #79
    Yearling
    Oxer, I see your horse is shod - the first thing I would do is get those shoes off.
    Forgive me if you know this already but the hoof is an auxiliary pumping mechanism for the heart, which means that every time the horse places his hoof on the ground the hoof expands and then contratcs as it is lifted - enabling the blood to be pumped back up the leg. If you have shoes on this action is annulled.
    This means you won't be getting a good a blood flow through the leg and in wounds such as this good blood flow is what you need.
    Good luck
         
        05-19-2013, 11:16 AM
      #80
    Yearling
    I didn't know that the hoof was less able to do its job with the shoes on! You don't suppose that I would be doing more damage by removing the shoes though... do you? I don't think he's ever been without shoes, so his hooves would probably be pretty sore if I removed them.... right?
         

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