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    12-01-2011, 12:39 PM
I rinse wounds with sterile saline to make sure they don't go anywhere, then wash with fluorhexadine and plenty of water and the use the LITHA method. Leave It The Hell Alone. I might cold hose or hot compress.
Anything you put on a would prevents drainage, and can actually cause proud flesh. For large wounds on the lower legs, they should be stable bandaged to keep them clean and compress the granulation tissue. Granulation tissue is good, many people mistake it for proud flesh. As long as it is not severely overgrown it is granulation and should be left alone.

When there is skin on the would, I will put corona ointment in it to keep it moisturized and that's it!
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    12-01-2011, 05:30 PM
I have always used Corona, but couldn't find it at my feed store when my gelding injured himself a few days ago. All he had was Wonder Dust, Fera-Zone and a few other things I never heard of. He recommended Fera-Zone (I think that's how it's spelled). Anyway, it is REALLY messy, goopy stuff, but seems to be helping heal the injury. I didn't have the $30+ for the new spray stuff mentioned earlier.
    12-01-2011, 06:48 PM
Last spring my gelding managed to tangle my yearlings leg in a fence (he gets jealous easy, and was mad that she ate the carrot he didnt want....) the cut was right above her hoof.. onto her cornet band, and around through her heel.. nasty wound.. nearly 1/4 of her hoof came off.. after consulting the vet we decided to sutre the wound up and throw a cast on it for 2 weeks... when the cast came off I was worried about scarring, it looked HORRIBLE! Then she said to pick up a bottle of Well Horse... its a natural remedy that prevents infection without clotting, or draining a wound.... it worked AMAZINGLY!!!! Not only has she recovered 100% there is no scar!!!!
    12-01-2011, 06:50 PM
Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
Is vetericyn really worth all the hype? Its so expensive.

Yes yes yes!!!! My mare was rolling to close to the fence (on our neighbors side that has cows, another story) and got her leg under fence when she tried to roll over the fence touched her leg and she started kicking making a nasty cut just above back of hoof clear to bone ;(...we treated it with the vetericyn and it was I promise it looked better every day....i use it on all our owees and it never ceases to impress me!! We too have mystery wounds on weekly bases, however it only just takes a little bit so it really lasts a long time....
    12-01-2011, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I picked up carona for the wounds, and vitamin E to try and grow some hair back. He's wearing a blanket now, so hopefully he won't acquire any more injuries!!
    12-01-2011, 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
Is that moisturizing?

He got a new saddle when I bought him. I was refering to the his hair growing back white, instead of chestnut like the rest of his body. Is there a way to make it grow back it's normal color?

Also, any tips for wound care underneath blankets? He'll be wearing a turnout blanket from tomorrow till roughly march. Will that interfere with wound healing? Its a nylon blanket, on both sides. 1200D with 150grams of fill.
I am not sure if it is moisturizing, here is the link to the website:

    12-02-2011, 12:59 AM
I'm a pretty hands-off person when it comes to wound care. Bodies have a remarkable way of healing themselves and humans have a tendency to mess things up.

This was my gelding's injury. I don't know what he did, but I think he managed to snag himself on a tree branch or something and rip his flesh back.

I cleaned it out really well with a 10% Dettol, 90% water mixture. Dettol is a great antiseptic. After the first treatment, I simply rinsed it out with saline solution and dabbed a bit of iodine onto it. On the worst of it, I dabbed a bit of wound ointment that I found in a first aid kit.

After about 6 days, this is what I was left with. The white goop is the ointment - it also helped keep flies away, oddly enough.

Looking pretty good, eh? The wound was completely healed with no scarring or white hair after about 3 weeks.
    12-02-2011, 07:22 PM
I keep the following in my tack room:
Silver sulfadiazine for wound healing. This will help promote tissue granulization in bad wounds
White's lotion to help prevent proud flesh
Furazone for general scrapes and small wounds
Icthamol as a drawing salve (it's sticky and smelly)
Shapley's MTG for fungus, scratches and hair growth (again, stinky)
Shreiner's Herbal Solution for wound care and hair regrowth (stand upwind when you spray, it'll make you cough and it stings a bit)
Nolvasan Solution for cleaning and disinfecting (dilute according to instructions)
Rolled pillow batting (cheap and a great substitute for rolled cotton when dressing leg wounds)
Tons of vet wrap

As for proud flesh (granulization tissue) it's best to keep pressure on it to help avoid it's formation. Whenever I have had a wound that wanted to develop it, I would have the vet out to debride the wound as necessary, use the White's Lotion and keep a pressure bandage on whenever possible. I have never had a healed wound with much more than a little scaly patch where the hair grew in either white or darker around it...
    12-03-2011, 08:18 PM
For anything that might end up as proud flesh, I SWEAR by Yellow Lotion. I have a photo around here somewhere of Riley's gigantic cut before and after on his hind leg. Anything else, I use Pottie's White Ointment. Love them both.
    12-10-2011, 05:07 PM
Hey guys. Here's an update: For anyone curious about the vitamin D oil, I love it! His hair has grown back sooooo fast on all of his old scars. They're almost completely grown over. (And no white hair!!)

Also, the carona has been working wonders on his flesh. Thank you all for your help!

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