Will it scar? (and proud flesh)

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    05-13-2011, 01:45 AM
Will it scar? (and proud flesh)

We got a new horse on trial last week and of course in the first few days she was here she managed to hurt herself- I blame Tango, being the nasty 'boy' he is, and the fact that she was 100% in season... but that's another story
Anyway... We've decided to take her on a year long free lease with the option to buy should everything go well and if she does well in the show ring this summer and I just want to make sure everything goes well, blahblah, which means I want her little 'battle scars' to heal nicely without nasty scars.

SO! She has a 'scrape' on her side- the hair is missing but it didn't look bad, didn't break skin, all was good. Now the top layer is dried out and scabbing over and yes that means it's healing... but should it be scabbing? Will it scab up, scab fall off and then hair grow back? Stupid question, but I'm kind of scared it will be a big ugly scar.

Second, she managed to get a big cut on the front of her leg... Not a big deal, she's 100% sound and there's no infection, it's fairly superficial... but what, in your opinion, is the best way to keep proud flesh off? We've been putting hibitane on it, wrapping it up in gauze and vet wrap and changing that daily and it's starting to heal but it's getting a little gross and looks like it might scar a bit, we've dusted her up with proud flesh dust, do you find that that works?

And last but not least- and this shouldn't be a concern because the vet said it was no big deal, but I'm a little worried about the tendon on that same leg. It's a little swollen in the back, the vet felt her up and decided the tendon was just fine but the flesh around it was probably a bit irritated from the bandage and shouldn't be a problem- any experience with that?

Honestly... if she were my horse outright I wouldn't be freaking out so badly, but because she's supposed to be my show horse and she isn't ours I'm a bit worried.
Thank ya.
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    05-13-2011, 11:23 PM
As far as the scrape on her side goes scabbing is normal. The mare I lease got bitten ALL over, and she had bald patches everywhere. If you're concerned you can put Shea Butter on it, it helps with the hair growth (use normal human one). I tried this with the mare and it also kept the bald patches more flexible (sometimes the scabs tear if you work them). It takes a couple a weeks before the hair fully returns, but should be faster now in the spring =).
As far as the cut on her leg, same mare had the same situation too... what I did sounded similar to what you're doing. If it is a large cut you can talk to a vet and they will cut back the proud flesh and let normal flesh heal over it, sometimes several times. Beware of leaving the bandage on for too long, as it WILL cause sores and annoy the tendon, especially if you are working your horse. If it's swollen then lunge a little bit, sometimes movement helps. Try to air out the leg too, don't let it get too moist for too long!
Healing stuff like this takes time, but it will eventually heal =)

Hope this helps!
    05-13-2011, 11:48 PM
Well that's good to hear! A few of the smaller ones are already healed and invisible, it's just the bigger one that right now is... gross. The scab isn't really a scab? It's just a very thin layer of dried skin that isn't really attached...

As for the leg what I'm worried most about is the tendon. Like I said, the vet said it was just the flesh around the tendon, but I'm still worried. It's difficult though to take the bandage off because she's at pasture and it gets filthy. I'll give her a few hours tomorrow without it, and work her a little bit on Sunday without it- she's still sound, no soreness at all and with the dust the proud flesh is starting to 'dissolve'. If it doesn't look better by Monday I'll call the vet in again to take a look.

Thanks for the reply (:
    05-14-2011, 12:49 AM
No problem =]
The mare had the wrap on for almost six months (big injury) so that's why I said to be careful leaving it on too long... lol it sounds like you don't have to leave it on quite that long! You should be fine leaving it on for a while, just not as a long-term solution.
Just make sure the tendon isn't rubbing when you work her and you should be fine!
Good luck!
    05-14-2011, 01:01 AM
I've heard and read a lot about Underwoods Horse Medicine, and didn't believe the hype to be honest.

The I had to deal with a nasty leg wound that just wouldn't heal, so I bought a bottle of it, and I have to say that I am a total 100% believer now, this stuff is magic

Underwood Horse Medicine - Wynnewood Oklahoma
    05-14-2011, 01:09 AM
I've never heard of it o.o I wonder if you could buy it locally or if you have to buy it online... I'll check that out though.
    05-14-2011, 01:16 AM
I had trouble finding it, eventually tracked it down to this place Under Woods Horse Medicine - Horses In Motion in Manitoba so shipping isn't bad, and no border issues.

I love the fact that you don't have to bandage with this stuff, just spray and dust a couple of times a day, seeing as the mare I'm working with was trying to take my head off if I got near it, it was truly a godsend.

For those annoying little scrapes that just have hair loss I generally rub MTG into them, makes the hair regrow very quickly
    05-14-2011, 01:30 AM
Hm, I'm wondering if it'd be worth it for this one... even if it isn't it could be interesting to try in the future.
    05-14-2011, 04:34 AM
I use zinc cream to get Mitchells hair to grow back. He rubbed out half his tail(dock) raw on the journey to my house and also had nasty rain scald, and rubbing on his chest which was all hair-less, dry and scaley(sp?).
It grew the hair back from the rain scald within a week, softened the rubbing, and helped the skin grow back soft on his tail. The rubbing was hairy within 3 weeks and the tail within a month, I applied it once a day every day just before the sun went down, literally just putting blobs onto the areas and rubbing it in a little bit.

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