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        04-17-2010, 06:14 PM
    what to do.....

    Ok so today I went out to my horse who has been in the field on her own for 6hours a day in a flat field fully fenced with stud railing. So I was checking her legs as she is super injury prone and on the back of the fetlock on the right fore right where she bends it there is a huge gouge out of it the skin is yellow and its very deep oddly though there was slight little crusty bits of blood on the hairs but in the actual cut there was nothing when I squeezed it first pus came out then this clear fluid? It is not hurting her as she was fooling in the paddock all day and I walked her around she was very happy not lame at all. So I stood her down stream in our fresh water river for 40 minutes which seemed to clean it there was no heat or swelling in it. I then cleaned it with a water and tea tree mix to make sure no dirt from the river was in it and wrapped her leg with the cut coated in manuka honey. Does anyone know what else I should do to prevent the infection travelling up her leg?
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        04-17-2010, 07:10 PM
    Green Broke
    Maybe call the vet? Pictures would help us
        04-17-2010, 07:16 PM
    Ye I will get picures tomorrow it was just to dark to get a proper picutre earlier. I personally don't feel its serious enough for a vet its unstitchable its not affecting her but im just curious as to would you guys wrap it? Or let the fresh air at it? Leave her in to heal or out to get dirt in it? Its the clear fluid that's throwing me is that not a joint fluid?
        04-17-2010, 07:22 PM
    Green Broke
    Ok sounds good. Ya if its not serious enough to call I vet I think I would just wrap it. Well, actually, if its on her hock maybe I wouldnt.... I don't know, I havent seen it, haha so I can't judge that well.
    When you sqeeze all the puss out of a cut clear fluid usually starts coming out, I don't know what it is, but all I know is every cut I've gotten uss out of, clear fluid has come out too. :)
        04-17-2010, 07:33 PM
    Clear fluid is fluid leakage from damaged/infected cells, I think.
        04-17-2010, 07:39 PM
    Ok that's good I was having images of her having damaged the fetlock bone some how god owning an accident prone horse is stressfull!! Ill post pictures up tomrrow for a proper look as there is a lump on one side of it
        04-18-2010, 03:59 PM
    From the sounds of it she will be fine. I personally would leave it alone. Maybe wash it once or twice with warm water and betadine, but then leave it.
        04-18-2010, 04:13 PM
    Well first of all, anything that starts to puss is a sign of infection. I would clean it a few times a week with betadine. I wouldn't wrap it or anything, most wounds our horses get need to be healed with oxygen.

    As for the clear fluid, it is just blood plasma. The body sends the fluid to the wound to help heal it, and excess fluid leaks out.
        04-18-2010, 06:41 PM
    O thanks for the help left her in the field today and washed her before I left for college seeing as its not bugging her and its starting to slightly closem not going to worry about it! She is such a troublesome horse injures herself nealy every time I ride hhahaha
        04-19-2010, 12:32 AM
    It sounds like "scratches" to me. We see alot of it when horses get out on the grass, and it can actually look like a cut or rope burn, but sometimes 'scratches" can get really bad. At the vets we usually see it on horses with white socks. I believe it is also called mud fever and greasy heel.
    Usually you need to treat it with a medication to get rid of the scabs, etc. We make a solution at our clinic, I am sure lots of other vets do also. Some folks use diaper rash ointment. If it is scratches, it needs to be kept dry and clean.

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