Yep! No more running uphill. It's not good for them anyway, rushing things like that.
For the next two weeks, I'm not going to allow her to trot a step. Since I don't have any CTRs, I don't need to use that gait. I need to get that run walk back up to par. Strangely, her walk has actually gotten better since she's started trotting... Got the lateral vibes out.
It's been days since I updated this journal. Busy, busy, I've been. Shows and injuries and rain and spring breaks.
Starting with springs breaks... I've been enjoying mine, even though I've only ridden a few times. In my defense, it's been rainy.
I went to a show Saturday with Ashley. She brought Cody and her reiner Hunny (who's a bitchy!mare). I scoped out some classes. Next show, I'm thinking of bringing Baby Girl and doing English equitation (since it's not judged on the horse), trail, halter, and showmanship, as well as showing Cody in a few 19 and under classes.
A few days ago, Baby Girl got her leg cut up in the pasture. I thought it was minor and failed to mention it, but it's grown to be a problem and is developing proud flesh due to my sucky horse care (I left her for two days and didn't clean it). I picked the scab and got it to bleed again, cleaning it out. I bought one medicine from Tractor Supply that is suppose to work miracles. This thing isn't developing proud flesh if I have anything to say about it. Lesson learned: Clean wounds everyday. Why must lessons be learned the hard way...
Despite her wound, we managed a little walking trail ride, to stay up on our Ps and cues.
I went out for about 20 minutes to just take care of Baby Girl's wound. It doesn't look much better than yesterday. I'm starting to get a little worried. I rinsed it with antibiotic liquid and warm water first, then sprayed on some Vetericyn. I let it soak in and reapplied Vetericyn, followed by a rubbing of Swat to keep the bugs off. She also got another dose of Bute, because area around the wound was tender and swollen. I imagine she must be sore.
Not as weird as what vet suggested, GoWithTheFlow. ;)
My mom took her dog and my dad's dog to the vet today. We use the same vet for all the animals, so the doctor also treats my horse. Word had gotten around about my blue ribbon reputation (I have a huge head now) and the vet inquired about how Baby Girl was doing. My mom told him about her problems with her leg and the developing proud flesh. He suggested a cure: pickling lime and meat tenderizer paste.
I researched the properties of each and found that it is a very plausible cure. Wonder Dust, used for proud flesh, is similar to pickling lime. Lime was used by the old fashioned folks for wounds all the time. Meat tenderizer is used to clear feeding tubes at hospitals (my mother is a pharmacist) because if it's relatively gentle way of dissolving clogged food... Or in this case, granulated tissue. People have used it for proud flesh over the years as well. This cure is not a new idea.
(Before applying, I rode her a little. Got the most beautiful running walk with amazing head nod and even a little front leg action. We are working on bridleless riding. She can now stop from a walk without rein contact 50% of the time. We're working on backing and only touched on turning.)
Soo... I used a 50/50 solution of lime and tenderizer, mixed with a little water to form a gloppy white paste like the stuff dentists use to imprint teeth. After cleaning the area and making the wound bleed again, I smeared the paste on the affected area. The bleeding increased, for I suspect the paste went into affect quickly. Baby Girl didn't seem to be in terrible pain as if it burnt or anything. In case, I gave her some more Bute before turning her out.
Yeah . Honey helps infection , proud flesh ,and heals faster . It's all natural , doesn't burn , and is easy to apply .
Copied from a website. Thank you Natural Horse World !
More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, it is now being sold for regular wound care all over the world. Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. Also called Leptospermum honey, manuka honey comes from hives of bees that collect nectar from manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.
Honey dressings and gels, as well as tubes of manuka honey, have been gaining in popularity with scientific reports on their medical benefits and occasional news accounts of the dramatic recovery of a patient with a longtime wound that suddenly healed. Regular honey can even have mild medicinal benefits but manuka honey is far more potent, research shows. The most important factor in any honey used for medicinal purposes is that it should not have been heat treated like the honey we buy for eating - people prefer it to be runny but heat treating to keep it that way kills the active ingredients.
"It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work," said biochemist Peter Molan, PhD, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years. He's found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted 10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune systems.
"There's more evidence, clinical evidence, by far for honey in wound treatment than for any of the pharmaceutical products" for infection, Molan said. However, it won't work once an infection gets in the blood. "It's not a miracle."
Honey has been used for healing wounds on horses with great results. It is easy to apply (sticks well) and doesn't sting so horses tolerate treatment better. It can be plastered on an open wound or bandaged on more severe cuts and burns. It has proven to be especially helpful at reducing the proud flesh that grows out of control as the flesh over populates and stops the skin from covering properly. As you can see from the photos above and below, honey heals quickly - this knee injury which was a couple of weeks old and hadn't responded to other treatments went from the size in the top photo to less than half the size in ten days of daily treatment. More recently, hoof care professionals have discovered honey is excellent for treating thrush. Here is an outline of treatment provided by Chrisann Ware of Equethy: Wash the hoof first with vinegar and water and use the same syringe and tube to flush the gunk out of the hoof sulcus. Then warm the honey in a tub or hot water and put it in the syringe (cattle syringe where the needle would attach works best as they are large). We get the tubing from pet shops that sell supplies for fish tanks - the small tube that they sell for air hoses is ideal but don't reuse it in case you are spreading thrush from foot to foot. Pass the tube as deep into the sulcus as you can. You will be surprised how far it can go in some horses with contracted frogs and heels it seems to go very deep indeed. I think this is why most treatments don't work as they don't get to the anaerobic bacteria in there. You will know when you have gotten the honey in deep and filled the sulcus as it often comes out the back near the heels.Just wipe this excess that dribbles out all over the frog and sole and put the horse in a boot for a while, or if you don't have boots just tie it up on a clean concrete area with some feed for 20 mins until the honey does its job. Its gets absorbed quickly and doesn't remain sticky. You can buy Manuka honey in the large supermarkets and its much cheaper to do this than to buy it from a specialty health food store. If you buy it from the "medical" supplies it costs double what you pay for it in the supermarket. If you can't get medi honey or its equivalent then just ordinary honey from a local bee keeper is excellent too. We haven't found any difference in the results both seem to work well.
To read a case study on treating a severe tendon wound with honey, click here