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    08-12-2011, 01:36 PM
Question about a pastern injury...

A couple of weeks ago my horse got caught up on something (we assume either a branch or wire), and he got a lateral cut on his right-front pastern. My dad and I treated it as best we could over time (i.e cleaning it, putting on cut-heal wound ointment, ichthammol, and wonder dust) but it's still not fully healed.
There is no swelling, he's not favoring that leg, I'm able to clean the hoof without an issue, and it is not oozing any fluid. However, the wound is constantly caked with dried mud. If/when I clean the mud off, I end up reopening it and the healing process starts all over. For the past 4-5 days, I have just left it alone and kept an eye out for any obvious signs of trouble. The flies still swarm on the area where the wound is, and there is still the caked dirt on the area where he was injured.
My question is, should I continue to leave it alone to let it heal? Or should I scrape the wound clean daily and risk reopening any healed tissue? Any advice would be helpful!

Oh, and we've tried to keep him corralled to prevent the wound from getting dirty, but out here (in AZ), it seems it's an impossible task.
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    08-12-2011, 02:26 PM
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I have had a lot of good luck with Underwood's Horse Medicine. You spray it on and then lightly dust with baking powder. I do this at least twice a day. Don't clean the wound between applications (another thing I like about it!). Google Underwood to get his website, I even talked with him about his product and he was very helpful and genuinely concerned about my horse. My gelding has a big gash on his pastern and this keeps the flys out and it's healing nicely. I also like Vetrycin, but I find the Underwood does a better job "sticking" and not wearing off.
    08-12-2011, 02:30 PM
Do you have pictures that you could share so we can get a real idea of what we're looking at? Normally, for my horses, I just let them be to heal on their own and just keep a close eye out for infection. Pasterns are a funny thing, they tend to take longer to heal because the skin there is so tight and it's such a high motion area. The more you mess around with it, the bigger the scar you'll end up with. Just like picking a scab on your elbow or knee, the more you pick at it, the longer it takes to heal and the bigger the scar is.
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    08-12-2011, 06:10 PM
Gigem - Thanks for the product info! It sounds like the perfect solution to Shalom's injury.

Smorbs - Thank you for your words. A family friend had to put her horse down yesterday because of a leg injury/ailment that never healed, so I've been extra paranoid.

I took some pictures today of the injury:
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    08-13-2011, 07:32 PM
I have a follow-up question. Would it be safe to ride him while the wound is healing?
    08-13-2011, 08:07 PM
You may not believe this but I have been amazed by Vetricyn. They sell it at our local farm stores. I had always poo pooed the adds on RFD TV until they had some at the horse fair this year and I picked up a small bottle and it seems to help keep wounds healing from the inside out.

My one filly had a bad ear bite and it did wonders.
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    08-13-2011, 08:09 PM
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When my girl got a deep cut right on her back pastern, I cleaned it 2 times a day until the pink healthy flesh was showing and put granulex on it. It took a long time to heal, but she hardly has any scarring.
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    08-13-2011, 08:11 PM
Why can't the wound be cleaned & wrapped?
    08-13-2011, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Macslady    
You may not believe this but I have been amazed by Vetricyn. They sell it at our local farm stores. I had always poo pooed the adds on RFD TV until they had some at the horse fair this year and I picked up a small bottle and it seems to help keep wounds healing from the inside out.

My one filly had a bad ear bite and it did wonders.
I love vetricyn too! I can't believe how good it works. I used it the 1st time last month when Lilly (the horse in my avatar) got out and was hurt. She had a 6x3" deep puncture (vet could fit his fist in it) on the inside of her back hip. The vet couldn't stitch it, we used the vetricyn on it. Once the muscle was healed we put the granulex on it to heal the skin. Its almost completely closed in a months time.
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    08-13-2011, 09:56 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
Why can't the wound be cleaned & wrapped?

Natisha - We've had some troubles with cleaning the wound and having it stay cleaned out here. Right now we're having our monsoon season, and the mud just lingers for days. I really thought it needed to be wrapped, but I was getting mixed opinions about wrapping it (hence why I registered here).
I'm a green rider, and I really welcome any type of advice. Even books I've read seem to conflict one another, so I felt the best place to get horse advice was from horse owners. I really appreciate any wisdom anyone can impart on me.

The only reason why I haven't run straight to the vet is the wound is not deep, and the blood coagulated. There has not been any sign of infection or favoring of that leg. From what I've read, the wound reopens due to its location (that's what causes the mud to stick, I believe).

Again, any advice is appreciated and I want to do whatever I can for him.

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