Originally Posted by smrobs
Wow, it must be horrible to be in your position. I agree with you that the mare should probably be put down but if they say they won't then all you can do is make her as comfortable as you can for as long as you can. As for the wound on her shoulder, I think I would probably wash it twice a day with antibacterial soap and apply an antibacterial ointment. It is far too big of an area to try to cover but just keeping it clean should work. I don't know if you have access to Granulex over there but I swear by that stuff for cleaning open wounds.
Thank you for your quick reply. Yes it's horrible that I can't do what's better for the horse. I think that a horse shouldn't be kept alive if his quality of life will be awful. And I really don't see a good life for this mare. It will take months for the hoof to grow back and a lot of pain for the mare. I just think it's cruel to keep her alive. But here the conditions aren't to great for a horse that it's injured like her. And a case like this will have better chances in a clinic, but we don't have such a thing. So we must treat her home with the vet supervision.
The person that has the right to decide is one of those that think that euthanasia is not a solution. She is a doctor but she will never put down an animal even if the animal is in pain and beyond hope. So she will not take the decision to put her down. The only solution was the second doctor that came to us, but he said that is ok to keep her alive. And the same doctor advised us to put down a lot of horses, and some of them are ok now. So... I don't understand why he said to keep this horse alive. I have no idea.
Anyway, I will try to make all that I can for the horse. We will treat her in shifts. I have never treated a wound on a horse so it will be something that I will learn now. To clean the wound and to bandage a hoof.
And thank you a lot for the advice. The idea with the antibacterial soap and antibacterial ointment is great. Unfortunately we don't have Granulex but I hope that the doctor will advice us to use something. But for tomorrow we must treat the wound without the doctor.