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  • Puncture wound in leg from mowing still hurts

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    06-12-2013, 10:20 PM
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What would wrapping do on both legs?

The heat and swelling has gone down and I don't believe it's infected. It's not at a joint, and it's only about 2mm deep from what I can tell (stuck my pinky down a little).

I'm going to put her on some SMZs tomorrow when I get paid.

Her leg didn't completely blow up, but there was swelling on the cannon bone and a little bit down into the fetlock yesterday. Swelling has gone down about half of what it was yesterday.
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    06-12-2013, 10:55 PM
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It looks like it might be in a weird place to wrap but I think you could manage to get it to stay on. Is the horse lame? What was the temp today?

My worry about the SMZs would be that if there is something in their and you clear the infection allowing it to close and heal, that whatever is in there won't work it's way out and then you could have a recurring issue.

Of course, there could be nothing in it and it could heal up beautifully. Puncture wounds can be really scary. Just keep being vigilant.
    06-12-2013, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
I haven't been able to take a temp on her..I don't have my own thermometer (I will be buying one) and at this moment in our training I'm pretty sure she would kick the life out of me if I tried.

She's sound on the lunge, behaving beautifully as normal, and the area is still striking/snatching away/stomping sore.

We'll go no SMZs then..I'll just make sure it's clean and has swat around it with some salve on it (using an icthammol thing) daily. I could wrap it with vet wrap and guaze..but I figured I'd just leave it open since she's stalled now (no turn out for a weej just because I can't deal with another possible injury from something in the pastures..She may go on the dirt paddock though so she can move around a bit more if she doesnt try to kill the mini like last time).

I'm curious as to what the whitish ball-looking things are though? Start of proudflesh, puss sacs..?
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    06-12-2013, 11:16 PM
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I think it's just granulation where it's starting to heal. (anyone can correct me if I'm wrong)
    06-13-2013, 07:29 AM
Wrapping the leg that injured provides tendon support and reduces swelling. Wrapping the opposite leg provides support to prevent tendon issue when the horse places all weight on that opposite leg. If your horse is snotty its not worth getting kicked over though.
    06-13-2013, 08:37 AM
Green Broke
She isn't being snotty, she just knows that it hurts and keeps, telling me, lol.

But..being that the swelling is almost gone and it's only slightly hot now, do you think it'd be safe to polo wrap her and take a walk/trot ride down the trail/road?
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    06-13-2013, 11:11 AM
Personally, I wouldn't think it's too much to take her for a short ride so long as you don't do anything too strenuous.

Also, I got to thinking, are you sure that the pus-y looking stuff that came out was actually pus? Healing wounds get a concentration of white-blood cells in them that can make a fluid that looks very similar to pus, but it isn't infection. Best way I've found to tell the difference is to smear some on a finger and smell it. Sounds nasty, but the healing fluid won't really have much smell. The infection, well, there's no mistaking that LOL.
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    06-13-2013, 12:15 PM
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See, that's what I was thinking, Smrobs! It didn't have a smell, which is why I figured it couldn't be infected..The tissue seems to be healthy as well and there was blood as well, nice and red. The pus-y looking stuff was rather liquidy more so than the normal thickness of pus.
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    06-13-2013, 09:43 PM
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Okay, soo..It's healing up and starting to close with just some clotted blood/start of a scab with some oozing.

The swelling is just about gone, just a little right around the wound. The heat is still there though..is that just from it healing? The heat also went down to just around the wound, not the whole cannon/fetlock anymore.

I also took her on a little trail and she did great..aside from not moving away from a freaking out horse, lol. Never took a lame step and she's stopped tripping, finally, lol.
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    06-14-2013, 08:51 AM
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The heat could just be from deep tissue bruising and lymph rushing to the areas to heal it. Light exercise if she's not lame will help with circulation and keep fluid & blood supply moving so can be better than standing still
Biggest risk while its still so open is from new bacteria entering the wound site so keeping it clean and treated with antiseptic is really important
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