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    03-09-2011, 09:50 AM

Hey Everyone,

One of my horses has a pretty bad scar on his hind fetlock. It's kind of scabby and crusty but not open or anything. He's sound and all, it just looks nasty. I'm wondering what I can do to get rid of the scabby crustiness. Any suggesstions? I am going to ask my vet but I wanted to hear as many possibilities as I could find.
And...the scar is from about a year ago. He went thru a fence BC he was being chased.

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    03-09-2011, 10:09 AM
It's called proud flesh, and there probably isn't anything you can do about it now. In order to minimize proud flesh from forming, you have to treat the wound while it's still fresh.

As long as he's sound on that leg, unsightly scar tissue shouldn't be an issue.

My TB has a huge scar on his right hind. It's not pretty, but he's completely sound, and that's all I'm concerned about.
    03-09-2011, 10:29 AM
I didn't own him when it happened so I'm not sure how it was treated. There's nothing I can do to reduce the crustiness? It's not pink or fleshy though so I hadn't thought proud flesh.
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    03-09-2011, 10:39 AM
At this point in time, there's not much you can do. Once the proud flesh is formed, it's best to leave it alone.

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