I'm a new post'er to this thread -I will try to keep it short with my concern. I'm looking for medical advise, mental advise (for me) and experiences with same injury
About 3 weeks ago my horse had a tragic accident that resulted in degloving her right front leg and severing the extensor tendon. This poor girl's leg is just split up There's bone exposed and like I said the tendon split. But those are the only in depth injuries aside from the flesh and gore and blood.
Due to the lack of positive healing process she started fighting infection and is now at the vet since Tuesday. This is my very 1st horse that I have "owned" and first experience with an injury this sever! With the stage that we are at right now and the look in my horses eye tells me she needs to be put to sleep. I REALLY REALLY REALLY don't want to make that decision if we can help to get out of it.
She had been using the leg 70% strong up until I checked on her today and I would say her effort on that leg is 40%-30%, The vet has cut off the Bute so her system can kinda catch up and I think she is just really feeling the pain of the injury.
As for treatment it all started on day 1 with furacin and wrapping every 48 hours, I stopped the cream after about 4 days and went for the Nixall Spray (approved by my vet 1st) she showed infection in other parts of her body ( more than 1 limb was surface injured) but she started getting pockets here and there...5 days of penicillin, still on 2g of Bute per day then the gangrene set in. Monday he put a carbon graph on the tendon area and yesterday he has [for the 2nd time in a week] took the wrap off to air it out (24hr periods exposed) The Bute was stopped Sunday (5 days ago)
Getting into this my hopes were high for a healthy recovery and now going to the process and knowing at the horizon there's always reason to put a horse down-anything can happen and just spending time with her in the stall today I know she is flat out miserable. I would fight this fight for her if I could and I hate to see her suffering. I'm still hopeful and positive but in reality I am hurting, dreading, sobbing and mentally preparing to have to put her down
I'm that proverbial childs' dream, now adult horse owner and this situation KILLS me. I could not have asked for a better off the track green 2 year -old 3 years ago. She's school'd me, Iv school'd her now her and I are partnered with schooling my 3 year old daughter. This mare has been a BLESSING. I owe her everything I can but I only want whats best for her!
I don't know the nature of this thread on posting images, I'm going to trust my better judgment and put the photos on a link
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Again- any advise, stories, suggestions are really appreciated and thank you =)