As my name states I am fairly new to owning horses - so please excuse me if this seems like a simpleton question. I do not board, they are at home with me.
In the 2 years that I have owned my animals (2 horses and 1 donkey) I have been lucky to only have to deal with an abscess. My mare came in with an open wound on the inside of her front right knee, no blood and was a fairly deep flesh wound, about 4 -5 inches long about 11 days ago.
Cold hosed it to help with swelling, cleaned it and then bandaged it overnight. Next day started using derma gel and keeping it bandaged and her on stall rest. Other than keeping the vet wrap and bandage up, things have gone well. Vet was here on Tuesday to float their teeth and said it was healing very well and was very clean. Now she is only in overnight and out during the day.
Stopped using the derma gel as it was very irritating to her when I put it on and replaced it with honey, a bandage and instead of vet wrap, (which was always falling down and irritating the wound) I cut the toe out of a sock and I have used that with a gauze bandage, then pulled the sock up and secured everything with a strip of a 4 inch elastoplast wrap and also used a strip of duck tape over the elastoplast wrap. This has worked very well.
Now to my question, the flesh has grown back to be almost level with her skin/fur and it does not look like there is any proud flesh and I am wondering if it is time to try and leave the wound open to finish healing. I would have to use something to keep the flies out of it, maybe scarlett oil?
Any suggestions, information, tips etc would be greatly appreciated.