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    01-08-2013, 01:33 AM
  #1
Weanling
Exclamation Will this result in a permanent scar? *graphic pics*

It's Luca, again. (for those who have read my other threads about Lucas "problems", or just my over-worrying ) Well, anyway, I was calling Luca so I could do his daily exercise of lunging with him. (Well, not DAILY, but almost daily. Between that comes some free-jumping and schooling) But I couldn't see Luca anywhere. I went on the paddock and saw him on the other side of the fence (a one strand wire and one strand non-hot hot tape.). The fence is not finished yet, as my dad is building a chicken pen next to the paddock but is actually quite safe, unless a panicked horse would run into it. I didn't really want Fleet and Luca to graze on that paddock (because of that fence, the strand of not-hot tape looked a bit loose) but it was the only one available because my dad was cleaning one (there was scrap metal on it), the other one had a temporary fireplace on it (we had a scrap-wood + bamboo stick burning a few days ago) and the other was in rest because its grass needs to grow. So...I went over to Luca, who was standing very still. Then, I noticed it. :( An old scar on his hind leg had reopened at one spot and quite a bit of skin was missing. There was no flowing blood though, and Luca was putting weight on the leg. I think it's just the skin that had been ripped off, no blood vessels struck, but I'm just concerned about the scar, and how it will heal. I put some clear antiseptic liquid on it, and he didn't actually care. I waited patiently until my dad was finally finished with his scrap-metal dipositing, so I was able to put the horses on that paddock. Luca is his old self, but I'm just wondering:

-should I call a vet to come and see?
- how often should I wash it? I'm thinking once in the morning, once at midday and once in the evening.?
-will the scar ever heal entirely or will Luca remain with a visible scar?

And HERE are the pics:

Here, he's resting the leg, but just because he was about to fall asleep. :)
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psad657f50.jpg

The close-up. Note the older scar (the thin line below the wound.). Where the "hole" is now, there used to be a skin flap that was ripped off because of a similar accident a few months ago, and I guess that the skin there was weaker there so it ripped in the exact same spot!

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...ps93adf4fc.jpg

That red stuff isn't flowing blood, it's the skin/flesh underneath the leg hair.

Thanks for any advice!
     
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    01-08-2013, 01:35 AM
  #2
Started
I would definitely get a vet out to look at that. :\
     
    01-08-2013, 02:23 AM
  #3
Trained
On the 2nd pic it kind of looks like there could be a puncture there. If so, I would definitely have the vet out to look at it. If it's just a trick of the light, then I'd clean it up good, get a feminine pad and smear honey on it and wrap it up. If you do it tomorrow morning, I'd change it Thursday, tepid water flush, then new pad, more honey and wrap it again. Keep that up every other day until they skin is all new and pink and it looks like it's going to grow hair again. I'd also give him a tetanus booster just to be safe.
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    01-08-2013, 07:42 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely put the honey bandage on. I checked on Luca today and after seeming uncomfortable yesterday night (shifting a lot, lying down once, but not sweating or rolling so no colic. It turned out to be constipation. After about 45 minutes, Luca finally did a nice, healthy-looking poo. ) he is now fine. I cleaned the wound and it looked a bit better already, it has now gotten harder around the edges and it's also getting darker. He doesn't seem to be in much pain, he lay down again though, but it's quite hot today, so that's probably why he lay down. I'm going to bandage him today too, after getting someone to look at him. (she works with a vet.) We don't really have a vet yet, because I haven't had Luca for too long yet, amd every vet we have met so far has not been the right one. (smacking Luca, very rough handling, not enough knowledge*)
* we got him over to clean Luca's sheath with mild sedation because Luca is VERY unhappy about having his sheath touched. This vet didn't even know what a sheath was and when we told him, he said that a horse's sheath doesn't need to be cleaned, the sheath cleans itself!? Ahem...
So yeah, we're still on the lookout for a great vet. My dad told me once that horses only have to have a tetanus booster every 10 years?! Is that true? I want Luca to get a tetanus booster for his wound but my dad said that Luca is already vaccinated. But doesn't he need to have it vaccinated again so that he doesn't develop tetanus? He got vaccinated when he was a bit younger. Is my dad right, or do horses have to get it done more often. Lots of people keep telling me differently, some say once a year, some say once every 2 years and so on...What is right, I'm kinda confused right now.
     
    01-08-2013, 08:44 PM
  #5
Trained
Here in the US we booster with tetanus vaccine every year and if there's a puncture wound, we do it again. Humans only need tetanus once every 10 years, but even so with a good puncture wound, they'd give you a booster. If his wound isn't a puncture I wouldn't do it, but in the second pic it kind of looked like it might have been a little deeper than the other pic. That's why I said, if, cos it's too hard to tell for sure from a picture. I've done a much worse wound than that with a honey bandage, had no proud flesh and very minimal scarring and NO infection at all. It also healed very fast, much faster than I expected for the type and size wound the horse had. Her hair grew back fine as well. I didn't notice you're in NZ last night, since you are I bet you have access to Manuca Honey (sp?), it's supposed to really help with the healing. I used regular off the grocery store shelf honey, it worked great.
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    01-08-2013, 10:59 PM
  #6
Foal
Once you get it on it's way to mending, check out Schriners Herbal Solution. You should be able to google it and check out their testimonials. I've used it for some pretty nasty wounds and am always AMAZED with the results. (works pretty good for human skin issues too!) You can pick it up at most feed stores - I have a bottle in the barn, the trailer and my bathroom!
Good Luck!
     
    01-09-2013, 01:02 AM
  #7
Weanling
Yep, we have Manuka honey, I will bandage Luca in about half an hour when the weather has cooled down a bit more, it's really hot right now!
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    01-09-2013, 01:03 AM
  #8
Weanling
By the way, the wound looks even better now, I will get some pics soon. It's much darker now and Luca doesn't seem to be in ANY pain!
     
    01-09-2013, 01:05 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Klshaw    
Once you get it on it's way to mending, check out Schriners Herbal Solution. You should be able to google it and check out their testimonials. I've used it for some pretty nasty wounds and am always AMAZED with the results. (works pretty good for human skin issues too!) You can pick it up at most feed stores - I have a bottle in the barn, the trailer and my bathroom!
Good Luck!
Hmmm...okay, I'll search it up. I'm not sure if it's avaliable in New Zealand though..is it? Oh, right, you're in NZ too! Lol.
     
    01-09-2013, 01:12 AM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Klshaw    
Once you get it on it's way to mending, check out Schriners Herbal Solution. You should be able to google it and check out their testimonials. I've used it for some pretty nasty wounds and am always AMAZED with the results. (works pretty good for human skin issues too!) You can pick it up at most feed stores - I have a bottle in the barn, the trailer and my bathroom!
Good Luck!
Hmmm...okay, I'll search it up. I'm not sure if it's avaliable in New Zealand though..is it?
     

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