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post #21 of 58 Old 11-23-2012, 10:31 AM
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Bandaging is apparently impossible. Even twitched with the other hind leg held up she just would not allow it. She now has the wound covered with the fixomull I described, and wears a neoprene tendon boot. Much easier, much less fuss... everyone is happier. She's incredibly thingy about that leg, understandably!! Very swollen today but I expected that. She's had long-acting anti-b's and also a short-acting shot, and she's on oral as well, plus we're putting medical honey on the wound, so the chances of it getting infected are very low.

Was very impressed with the vet's stitching work, this same vet stitched up another one of ours with big messy stitches a couple of years ago and the wound scarred because the stitches were so untidy but with Magic they are very small and neat and the wound came together really easily. There is one place where the skin might want to slough off but that particular spot is under a lot of pressure from the stitches so it's not unexpected.

All in all so far it's pretty textbook. Nothing is presenting differently to any other leg injuries we have dealt with though we've never dealt with anything this large before.

Our fences are frustrating... they are probably 30+ years old [Mum reckons closer to 50] and so the posts are a bit rotten, we've replaced 4 strainer posts in 2 years. We don't have proper strainers so they're not tight enough because it's just not physically possible to get them tight enough without the right equipment. Really the place needs all the fences ripped out and replaced but we don't own it, and Mum's been a carer for years so we don't have a heap of money to just throw away on a property we don't even own.

We have a mixture of post and plain wire, post and cattle mesh, and [I hate our front and boundary fences!] T-post, cattle mesh and barbed wire. One neighbour has posts and the means to dig post holes through the limestone, just wants us to pay for wire to rip out and replace the boundary fence - which is fair enough because it's the law that the fence belongs to BOTH parties and thus both parties should contribute equally to the costs. We just need to find the money.

But what Magic hurt herself on is actually the permanent hot wire we put up in the back pasture. It's not on very often because it's really hard to get power to, and the horses can take it off the standoffs. Magic did so, then got tangled in it before we realized it was down.


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post #22 of 58 Old 11-23-2012, 10:54 AM
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Hoping and praying you get some level of soundness after Jaxx is healed up! What a huge injury!

My old guy Beau got himself into the barbed wire fence when he was 5 years old. He was just starting to "click" on the barrel pattern. I thought for sure I'd have a pasture ornament on my hands. He severely cut his front left pastern all the way down and around the coronet band to under the pastern. When he walked, his leg went first and cut-up foot followed.

When the vet got to him, he started gushing blood. Vet was amazed he didn't bleed out in the pasture.

I didn't ride him for an entire year and we spent hours upon hours upon hours caring for his wound.

By some miracle, he was 100% sound in that foot when it was all said and done. Nothing short of a miracle.

I hope you have the same!!!!!

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post #23 of 58 Old 11-25-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Soooo Jaxx had another not so good day. When I was changing his bandage, the gauze was sticking so I tried putting some luke warm water on the bandage to loosen everything up. There was 1 Telfa still stuck on the back of his leg and he kept kicking out when I was trying to get it. The floor was a little slippery because of the water, and when he went to put his hoof down after kicking out his leg knuckled over and he almost fell. He's been tripping alot lately and I'm not sure why. He went 2 weeks without the tripping, and now its starting again, but the tendon should be healing so I should see less tripping... It has me really worried.

Beau thats awesome! I would be the happiest girl in the world if this turns out like your horse! I plan on keeping him either way no matter what, but it would be 2492749723423797423894 X more awesome if he came out of this sound.

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When we were dealing with beauty we turned her head towards the wounded leg and then pushed against her good side to force her weight onto the bad leg. It was a three person job and I was sick to my stomache every time because I just knew she was going to hurt herself or someone involved. It got so bad that I aced her before bandage changes. Is your vet ok without the changes?

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post #25 of 58 Old 11-25-2012, 08:41 PM
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I wish Jaxx a full recovery. Poor baby.

It's so tough to have something like this happen. I'll be sending good thoughts your way.
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Thank you TheLauren! Farmpony - Jaxx is normally a perfect boy during changes. As long as there's a chain in his lip and someone holding his upper lip. He was just pissy today for some reason. He's usually worse on the leg with only superficial scratches! Thank goodness that leg only gets sprayed with blue kote now.
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post #27 of 58 Old 11-26-2012, 03:22 AM
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You could try blocking his eye so he can't see you. Sometimes the anticipation of the changing hurting is more then the actual pain it causes them. Just have your hand on his hip or somewhere on that leg so he knows your back there and messing around. I've tried this and it worked pretty good!!
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post #28 of 58 Old 11-26-2012, 05:06 AM
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Hang in there. Healing takes time. When we got Comanche as a 4 month old he severed his extensor tendon on his front leg at 7 mnths old. We thought we would have to put him down. The wound was from the top of his leg, to his knee and fist deep. His tendon was flapping on his knee cap.

Our vet performed surgery on him and I think she saved his life. :)

We put Vetericyn on it every day, he was on penacyllin and for the first few days we also dressed it with this silver stuff (its actually white) in color.

He healed and he can use that leg as if nothing ever happened.
The tendon can regrow.
And if it doesnt the horse can learn how to move that leg without it.

Hang in there.

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Today is day 44! He hasn't had any slip ups since last time, and has been coming out his stall perfectly. Doc comes out at 1:30. Fingers crossed! Here is some pictures of how it looked yesterday. Its really filling out, just no skin growth at the top.
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Looks like you've got some proud flesh going on there now. You'll want to try to manage that gently at this stage, but it DOES need to be managed because he'll have much less scarring if the skin doesn't have to try to grow over proud flesh.

My filly also has a bit of proud flesh now [it didn't take her long because her wound isn't nearly as big] and 11 days post injury she is clear to have no tendon support on her leg... still no forced exercise but vet said bandaging for 10 days then just keep it covered. Hers isn't huge, like I said, and if there had been no tendon involvement she'd be almost completely healed by now [stitches would have to stay in for another 3 days but the skin would have knitted together at least somewhat]. Tendon damage does slow skin healing.

Bandaging properly was utterly impossible so instead we covered it and kept a tendon boot on her. Not ideal but better than nothing. Dressing it at all is difficult and requires "leg restraint" of the damaged leg... we just loop the lead rope around her pastern and hold the leg up, so we're not in danger of having the crud kicked out of us [or of being stepped on] but she can't go anywhere. In an ideal world she would have a proper leg restraint rig on with a hobble instead of a rope but we don't have the setup.

For years I have hated the idea of leg restraint training but with this horse I'm starting to see the merits of it. She seems more settled with her leg up now that she's gotten the idea of it all and there's much less risk to us... plus they learn to give to pressure, not fight against it, which makes fence injuries that much less likely in the future.

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