My little arab mare was cut a while ago (bout a month) on barbed wire. -- A nasty gash just above the front right hoof...
She has been seen by a vet, and taken care of pretty well; the wound has mostly closed up... all except for the surface, which is still just a scab that periodically comes off and starts bleeding again.
Sutures wouldn't hold there; too much flexing. Wrapping it won't work, again because of the flexing, which draws the wrapping into the wound.
So, her treatment (lately) has consisted of a daily dose of ointment or powder on the wound, to prevent infection.
But, I have a problem with that. I've already tried two varieties of wound ointments and one kind of powder, including ones that are not supposed to sting... But the horse's reaction to putting it on gets worse each time. -- And I can tell it is hurting her a lot when I put that stuff on; she immediately screams and tries to get away as soon as it touches the wound. (While she is normally a very well behaved horse.)
So, I need some help here. Can anybody recommend a wound care ointment/powder product that will prevent infection, help the wound heal, and -- most importantly -- be completely pain-free?
I need to find something like that as soon as possible... I'm not putting the painful stuff on her anymore; it's cruel, and soon I won't be able to get near her with it unless she's sedated. But, at the same time, I don't want the wound to go untreated for too long -- an infection there could cause a lot of damage.
So... I need a pain-free wound care product ASAP!
If anybody has used something in the past and knows from experience that it doesn't hurt the horse, that's what I need.