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    04-06-2010, 10:09 PM
what to do with cut

We had a gelding last summer somehow cut his hind leg very badly while tied. Besides the cut being huge, it went into the muscle as far as my wrist. We originally stitched it, but after a week, they started sloughing due to infection. We put a drain in down to the hock to let the infection out and home he came, turned out and doctored twice daily. He was on antibiotics for about 3 weeks, and I had to flush and push the nasty stuff out the drain hole twice daily. I started spraying "Shriners" a herbal type of spray on that smells horrible, but it kept the flies away and slowly , after 4 months the leg healed with nothing but a slight scar. This is a photo of the cut when we took the stitches out .You can see the immense draining of the wound and it drained into a pocket all the way to his hock.
It is now just a slight scar, and he has no issues with the leg.
He was out in the pasture the whole injury(other than the first two days after we stitched it)and he is sound and healthy.
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    04-06-2010, 10:16 PM
photo of cut on Bones

Guess it would help to include the photo of Bones's injury.
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    04-07-2010, 12:30 AM
Updated pics
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    04-07-2010, 12:29 PM
It is looking really good! I would keep doing what you are doing, keeping it clean and letting it heal on its own. Good job!
    04-09-2010, 05:14 AM
It's looking excellent!!!
Someone said about letting it scab over. You CAN let it scab, and the healing process may be slightly quickly. But I actually prefer to keep the wound soft, it takes longer to heal, but it heals with far less scarring and is more comfortable on the horse (no itching, tight scabs) and then you don't have the problem of the scabs getting knocked off and re-opening the wound all the time.
    04-11-2010, 11:41 PM
Thanks guys for all your input. It's definetly been a tough one. He's still being kept stalled just because I NEED this to heal up asap. I have a trail ride planned in June that I cannot afford to miss and it just won't be the same with another horse (Cross Country Trail Ride in Eminence, Missouri). I'm posting a current pic. The injury occurred last Saturday so a week ago yesterday...
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    04-11-2010, 11:46 PM
Keeping your horse stalled isn't going to make it heal any faster. It will heal when it heals but it should certainly be healed by June at least well enough to go on a trail ride.
    04-12-2010, 06:22 AM
I let him out once and he ripped it right back open. He tends to run the fenceline sine the mares are on the other side so until it's healed to where it's not going to rip back open the first time he tears off across the field he's staying in.
    04-12-2010, 01:17 PM
Underwood Horse Medicine will heal it right up with little to no scarring. Good stuff.
    04-13-2010, 11:32 PM
Current Pic (just keeping it open in case anyone has more advice as it heals along here)
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