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  • Proud flesh in horse cuts
  • Reducing proud flesh on leg of horse

 
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    01-05-2012, 09:47 PM
  #1
Weanling
Exclamation Is this proud flesh?

My filly cut her leg back on the 18th. I was cold hosing it everyday and putting some salve on it. It started swelling and getting heat a few days later so I called the vet and explained where it was and how the cut was. And I picked up some Penicillin and two other things I can not remember right now. It was almost like someone sliced her leg and then stuck a finger at the very bottom. Because of where it is we are not able to stitch or bandage it. It is right below her knee on the inside. Well the swelling went down and so did the heat and everything was going good. But now it looks to me like there might be proud flesh. Opinions? The whole cut seems like it's a "bump" it was smooth and level with her leg up untill a day or two ago.

The day it happened before hosing 12-18


After hosing 12-18


Tonight 1-5


And my girl taken last night 1-4
     
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    01-05-2012, 09:51 PM
  #2
Weanling
Poor baby. I'm sure other users will know more about this type of wound. I hope she recovers quickly.
     
    01-05-2012, 10:00 PM
  #3
Weanling
Proud flesh is when the flesh below grows quicker than the skin to cover it. Often it will have to be cut back so that the skin can grow over it. Its hard to tell from the front on shot. Best thing to do is keep her in her stall so she is not reripping it open from too much movement. You may need the vet out
     
    01-06-2012, 01:30 AM
  #4
Yearling
That looks like granulation tissue to me, looks like it's healing nicely, but there will be a scar.
     
    01-08-2012, 03:21 AM
  #5
Weanling
The bottom picture is just showing the first signs of proud flesh.

If you apply active manuka honey to the wound and keep it bandaged it will reduce the proud flesh and encourage the wound to heal quicker. Don't put wound powder on it and only wash in saline. Change the dressing at least daily.

If you have no honey then apply some neat salt to the wound. Pour some salt into the palm of your hand, add a drop of water to it and then press onto the wound. It will sting initially but will wear off fast. One of mine managed to give itself a huge three corner tear on her chest - vet advised salt and once healed you couldn't even see the wound.
     
    01-08-2012, 10:44 PM
  #6
Foal
It looks ok to me also just keep doing what you are doing and as far as a scar goes my vet told me to just put preperation H on them and it will go down nicely preperation H is a hemeroid cream and you can find it at wal mart or any drug store.
     
    01-08-2012, 10:46 PM
  #7
Foal
And I also use salt for horse and human wounds/cuts. I used it for all of my piercings heals like a charm.
     
    01-09-2012, 01:03 PM
  #8
Yearling
My vet would advise against cold hosing open wounds on legs. Cold hosing has been shown to promote the development of proud flesh. You can wipe with baby wipes to clean the wound or flush it with saline.
     
    01-09-2012, 02:15 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sahara    
My vet would advise against cold hosing open wounds on legs. Cold hosing has been shown to promote the development of proud flesh. You can wipe with baby wipes to clean the wound or flush it with saline.
That's a new one! Cold hosing allows the wound to be cleaned without introducing a possible non sterile cloth. It also chills the leg making any treatment less painful.

Using babywipes on an open wound is not good at all - they contain weird and wonderful things and are not designed to be used as a medical wipe.

A saline wash (1 teaspoon salt to a pint of previously boiled water) after hosing has stopped the bleeding and cleaned the wound is the safest thing to use on cuts.

Wound powder is notorious for producing proud flesh. Salt is great - it is natural to the body, encourages healing and keeps flies off.
     
    01-09-2012, 03:02 PM
  #10
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tnavas    
Salt is great - it is natural to the body, encourages healing and keeps flies off.
And probably stings like a son of a gun.
     

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