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  • Pictures of nasty cut in lower leg of horse

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    04-14-2010, 02:30 AM
Well granulated. Keep debris wiped away with a damp cloth, don't be too agressive. The granulation tissue will bleed easily as it's the first phase of the healing process and is highly vascular. Let the scabs be as normal healing will progress underneath and they will act as a bandage helping to minimize exuberant granulation tissue (proud flesh).

I am a neo-sporin fan personally, but generally only for the first 3-5 days, then let the wound dry. You can use a product like SWAT around the wound but not on it to decrease flies. You might even forward your excellent photos on to your vet to keep in his file, and get their input on the healing progress. But it appears to be on the right track for healing via second intention. Will just take some time due to the width of the wound.
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    04-14-2010, 05:55 AM
Thank you. The vet(s) said to continue hosing until granulation was evident and then at that point begin cleaning with baby wipes instead (which, being a mom to a 1 1/2 year old I have a vast supply of lol). However there was another matter our vets couldn't quite agree on. The first vet we called out told me I could ride him in 10 day (which has passed) and begin jumping/performance riding within 3 weeks. The second vet we called out told me to wait about a month-6 weeks to ride and not to push him into any hard work until closer to 10-12 weeks. I'm kind of at a loss of what to do now? I also have that big trail ride June 13-19 which would put him at 10 weeks after the injury. Do you guys think he'll be healed well enough for that? Just looking for opinions. He needs a coggins pulled prior to the ride and I have a second horse lined up "just in case".
    04-17-2010, 04:53 PM
Hey just thought id let you know my horse is the most accident prone horse in the world!
Well my vetinary hospital always advised me to use Manuka Honey don't know if you ever heard of I but it works amazing just a warning wrap the leg with clingfilm as they will try to eat it!!
Let me know if you want a link or anything?
    04-17-2010, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
I think it is completely 100% unrealistic and irresponsible to expect your horse to be ready for a trail ride by June. Unless this is an easy walk ride over a couple of miles, you're kidding yourself. It's already the middle of April, and I am JUST putting rides back on my Arab mare after being laid up for the last month with a lower leg cut 5% the severity of your horses injury.

Even if the wound is healed enough to ride, asking a horse that's been locked in a stall for a month to exert himself is not fair in anyway to him. So if you actually plan on being able to ride him without causing further damage to his weak and unmuscled body, then you better listen to Kevin and start turning him out. If it's absolutely not possible, then you need to find a different horse.
    04-17-2010, 05:46 PM
Green Broke
Manuka honey is really good stuff. Just be very careful when you buy it with intention of using as an antibacterial agent - check its UMF rating. Anything with a UMF under 20 is not worth using as the antibacterial properties are not sufficient to warrant using on an open wound. It will cost 2-3 times more and you may have to look in health stores to find it but will be well worth the money spent.
I have all the sympathy in the world for people (and horses!) dealing with leg wounds, they are nasty and slow healing. Hang in there, you seem to be doing a good job, you'll be riding again in a month I bet.
    04-18-2010, 10:04 AM
My lack of dealing with equine wounds will show here, but I'm shocked that this can go without stitches and still heal up successfully. Can someone help explain how this is possible?
    04-18-2010, 11:13 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MissH    
My lack of dealing with equine wounds will show here, but I'm shocked that this can go without stitches and still heal up successfully. Can someone help explain how this is possible?
Stitches are never a "necessity". They are extremely helpful, help prevent infections, help the wound heal quicker, and help preventing unsightly scarring, but it was completely possible for any animal or human to heal without stitches as long as proper care is taken. In most instances, stitching is no longer possible 24-48 hours after an injury due to the wound already beginning to harden and heal.

Obviously there are instances where the wound is so severe that the animal has to be put down because it cannot be stitched, but these are almost always instances where vital tendons, ligaments, and organs are involved. As long as a wound is kept clean and observed, you'd be amazed how enormous they can get and still not require stitching when they're not in vital areas.
    04-18-2010, 03:13 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
I think it is completely 100% unrealistic and irresponsible to expect your horse to be ready for a trail ride by June.
The injury looks bad but really doesn't effect the horse much. As long as the horse is not lame and the wound is scabbed over and doesn't keep breaking open and bleeding then there is no reason to not ride the horse. Please don't keep the horse locked in the stall like it is made of fine crystal. Horses are large and robust animals and that horse should be rideable in a couple of weeks. Now I wouldn't be jumping or racing but for just a little exercise he not only would be okay but it will benefit him greatly. The wound doesn't have to be completly healed and haired over for the horse to be able to be ridden.
    04-19-2010, 12:51 AM
I had a yearling colt have almost the same looking wound in close to the same place last month. It was pretty ugly for a while but once the healing started, it healed up quick quicly and without any problems. I had him on excenol for the first five days. I hosed it once a day to make sure I kept it open enough to heal from the inside. I did not put anything on it un less it was looking dry.

I kept him in the barn for the first few days then out in a small (14 X 36') pen after that during the day and inside at night. Less then three weeks later he was back out in colt field, sound and pretty much healed playing with the boys (who all have gelding dates next month)

I was amazed how nicely it healed up for how ugly it looked the day it happened.

Keep us posted.

    04-19-2010, 12:55 AM
If he runs the fence line then atleast get him out daily for some longe line work, or hand walking to graze; exercise actually helps the body heal, so he NEEDS it, and shouldn't be deprived of it...exercise helps stimulate the body into producing the cells for healing, so help him get as much exercise as you can, and he will heal much quicker, and his mind will be much more stable, as well.

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