Hello everyone! The vet we had out first wanted to put him down as soon as he saw him, but I wouldnt take that for an answer. My new vet (Doc Lewis) said he's witnessed worse injuries recover to full athletic soundness, and although I shouldnt get my hopes up, anything is possible. When he came back to look at him last Thursday he told me to "cross my fingers because everything is healing beautifully and some level of soundess is not looking so far fetched anymore". Elana- I live on the East Coast. So far we've spent approx. $3000. Its a wild guess because Doc Lewis hasn't given me a bill yet, but with my old vet, the night it happened was over $400, and every visit after that was $200+, totalling $900 for him in all. Just for fun heres a picture of the sweet boy!
How's this for timing lol... I read this thread, commented on it, and then what do I find yesterday? My two year old tb had put a leg through a fence and has lacerated... Yes you guessed it... Her extensor tendon! Posted via Mobile Device
A good friend of mine had a top competition horse with a very very similar injury, she spent well over £10K (at the time it wouldb have been around $16K) trying to get the horse right and nigh on 18 months.
The horse initialy healed well however the skin on the worst part never grew back, necesitating skin grafts which unfortunatly either didnt take or proved to be too delicate and split when pressure was put on them (there is a lot of pressure on the skin of that area as the skin is quite tight)
After 18months of bandaging, skin grafts, praying and vets bills (best vets in the UK) the horse developed a massive infection and was PTS.
Mygirllola - hers isn't severed, just lacerated, so she's structurally just fine and the tendon will heal back to full strength. Today is her first bandage change and I'm not looking forward to that... she's lethal with those hind legs if she has an OMG attack and I don't really want to be underneath her if she does.
I'm really lucky, her injury is mid-cannon so it's the best place it possibly can be and shouldn't scar too badly or pop the stitches. It came together really nicely when the vet stitched it [he probably got there less than 1/2 hour post-injury, it was very fresh when we found her - not even bleeding yet - so she has the best possible chance for a great recovery] so in actual fact the most likely place for a scar is if the tendon fluid blows out the skin a bit lower down.
It's also really easy to keep a bandage on. Her bandage hasn't slipped and today is day 3. If there was no tendon involvement, because it's been stitched and so the actual wound that has to heal is quite small, I probably wouldn't put another bandage on. I would keep it covered for sure using what we call "fixomull" which is basically a giant steri-strip, plus a sterile pad to keep the stitches from sticking to the dressing. It's just that with tendon involvement I want to support the leg as much as I can.
Doc came out Wednesday morning, he said everything is healing beautifully but its coming along alot slower then he had originally planned. It has me worried... Jaxx's right hind just wont scab up! We started putting Wound Kote spray on that leg and he definetly likes that a whole lot better then the paste. His left hind almost knuckled over when he was coming out of his stall today and that makes me really worried. He has to step up coming out of the stall, and kind of tripped. Over all he's doing well. BlueEyedPony- how was she? Jaxx is usually very well behaved with his bandage changes, but occasionally he will get very fidgity. We put a chain in his lip (gums) and keep constant pressure because it gives him something to think about. On days he's really wiggly we use the chain and someone applies pressure to his upper lip which is a pressure point and he usually behaves like a statue after that. We tried holding up one of the other legs, but he's become a master at balancing on 2 legs. He wants to be a circus horse in his next life, lol!