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post #1 of 16 Old 05-29-2013, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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Question Old injury - Still bleeding / Pus Scabs

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I have acquired a older mare on free lease. The owner doesn't know much about horse care and unfortunately this mare has suffered because of it.

She has a leg wound that is approx 5 years old? When we first saw her it was still weeping blood and swollen (She also has severe mudfever on the same leg that has been there for at least two. It is under control now). I have included a pic. Since acquiring her we have been washing it with salted water and the swelling around the lump (See picture and you know what I mean) has gone down and the wound has dried up and showing smooth skin in some places.
However, crusty scabs bulid up and when you pick them they have a bit of pus attached to them.
She was on antibiotics for approx 5 days (Advised by vet for the mudfever)

Question is what can I do to help to stop this and encourage a healthy scar?
Should I be bandaging with some kind of cream?
Thoughts?
Never dealt with old wounds/scars



*Picture is of leg on arrival (She was staying at a friends house for two weeks before arriving at ours and she was treating her with saline - this is after a 2 weeks of washing down with saline. Don't have a pic of before saline sorry
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-29-2013, 07:27 AM
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I expected to see proud flesh but there doesn't appear to be any, nor does she look like she's fighting cellulitis

My thought is she is dealing with Scratches, a/k/a mud fever and is having a difficult time getting it under control because:

1. Her immune system is weak
2. Leading her old injury to be compromised, making it easy for the Scratches to take hold.

She is probably a candidate for a dose of Liquid Vitamin A. I am not well versed on dosages because it's something you have to do carefully and I never have.

Hopefully somebody will come in with the formula of how much and how often.

By "vitamin A", I mean the injectable Vit A used on cattle, except it is given orally in horses

I don't see anything life threatening and it's relief to not see proud flesh, I just think it's going to take a lot of time & topical treatment, a healthy low starch diet and some Vitamin A
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I would get her on a solid nutritional program, and the Vitamin A as suggested.

I believe the dose is 5 CC squirted in the mouth once a week, but don't quote me. There are other people much more knowledgeable on here regarding that.

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Could be she has something in the leg, bone fragment, thorn or what have you, that is causing this.

And if infection is deep seated, it will eventually destroy the bone.

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My thought is she is dealing with Scratches, a/k/a mud fever and is having a difficult time getting it under control because:
1. Her immune system is weak
2. Leading her old injury to be compromised, making it easy for the Scratches to take hold.

I don't see anything life threatening and it's relief to not see proud flesh, I just think it's going to take a lot of time & topical treatment, a healthy low starch diet and some Vitamin A
Yes her immune system was very run down when we first meet her! She still had most of her winter coat at the end of summer! She's on a balanced vitamin supplement at the moment. She was on antibiotics for her mudfever and that's under control currently but being winter here, all the rain and mud does not help it fully heal over just yet! Interesting stuff amount the Vitamin A and low starch diet.. Main base of her food is copra meal followed with lucerne chaff small portion of gain and soya meal. What does the low starch help with in regards to her wound?
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Could be she has something in the leg, bone fragment, thorn or what have you, that is causing this.

And if infection is deep seated, it will eventually destroy the bone.

A vet has checked her out. This is not the case =) Besides she would be very lame if it was!
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It is also a hard area to heal, lack of flesh and a lot of movement. 5 years is a "tad" long for healing.....but I have a mare that injured herself in the same area 3+ years ago and to this day there are still some small scabs. If I rub them a little too much she tends to bleed a little. She is sound...

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A vet has checked her out. This is not the case =) Besides she would be very lame if it was!
Just to throw my 2 cents in. She may not be truly lame if it were a bone chip. My mare got kicked by another horse, and had what I thought was only a small surface cut. But it wasn't healing. I took her to the vet some 6 weeks later for her teeth to be done, and also to have the leg looked at. He knew almost immediately what it was before the xray even was finished- she had a bone chip/sequestrum in her leg. The leg tries to rid itself of the dead bone fragments and makes a pocket around it and tries to force it through the old wound- which is impossible. She never was lame, only a tad sensitive to the touch and a bit of swelling after riding. I never would have thought in a million years she needed surgery for it. He said she was rideable and not truly lame that way, but that surgery would be best in the long term. So we did it. Just wanted to share our experience for the OP and mostly for others in case they think they are safe and may not be. :) I hope OP's horse doesn't have that!
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What does the low starch help with in regards to her wound?
Low starch diets help with immune response and good coat condition:)

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That is a serious scar in a bad place. It may always have some issues with chapping and have a weak spot. Id apply something like vit. E oil or corona directly to the skin and encourage healthy skin as best you can. Bad scars can sometimes just have issues like that.

Id also have an X ray done if you feel froggy, because if the bone was shattered a bit, bone chips could work their way out for years to come. It probably wouldnt cause a lameness at all but would cause recurring sores to happen as they work their way out. Kinda like shrapnel.

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