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mammakatja 08-04-2012 02:14 PM

Nasty foot injury...need some encouragement...
I wonder sometimes if horses LOOK for something to hurt themselves on. I keep my 4 horses on a 20 acre field. No trees, no stuff, just a big rectangle of flat grass. Two nights ago, my barrel mare of all things comes off the field limping and I find her right front foot covered in blood. Upon closer examination I find why. It LOOKS like she stepped into a wire and then yanked back catching herself just above the heal and it's now a gaping horizontal line deep into the fleshy part of the back of her foot. Luckily no damage to the hoof itself. Just a huge horizontal cut or separation. We decided against stitches because there's too much movement going on back there. I'm now treating her with Underwoods and of course have her on penicillin shots. I'm looking into placing a wedge on the foot to keep that gap from opening so much with each step. I'm not wrapping it per Underwoods' directions. My vet is satisfied with how we're approaching everything. My mare is in good spirits, eating and drinking. It'll just be a long healing road I'm sure. Why my barrel mare??!!! I need encouragement that she'll recover from this. Anyone have any good Underwoods success stories? Anyone deal with a similar injury and if so, how did it turn out? :cry:

waresbear 08-04-2012 02:16 PM

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Got any pics?

barrelbeginner 08-04-2012 02:16 PM

well, ive never had an injury recently, but one of my dads gelding sliced his whole leg probably about where your saying running into a barn.. and he had to have surgery and blah and it sucked,, and he was fine after a long recovery time!

I hope your mare recovers. I say the same thing about my barrel gelding.. Of all horses he is the one to get caught up in the fence! :(

barrelbeginner 08-04-2012 02:17 PM

I was going to like waresbares post but it won't let me.. so I LIKE your post:)

Golden Horse 08-04-2012 02:24 PM

Gotta love horses, an accident looking for somewhere to happen, all of them. Hope your girl heals quickly, can't help with lower leg injuries, I'm still waiting my turn for that one, but :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: from me for Underwoods, check out my thread for how it worked for my mares shoulder wounds

mammakatja 08-04-2012 02:28 PM

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Here's a couple from yesterday. It happened Thursday. These are when she stands square on it. When she leans forward, it gapes open quite a bit and looks worse but no more bleeding. She's obviously limping but still tries to play tag when I go to put the halter on her. She's got spirit that's for sure. It's what makes her so good at her job, which hopefully we'll get to do again some day. :cry:

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barrelbeginner 08-04-2012 02:36 PM

oUcH!!! I hope she turns out to be able to race again someday!

barrelbeginner 08-04-2012 02:37 PM

did the vet say if she would be sound for it again or no?

waresbear 08-04-2012 02:43 PM

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Hydro therapy for sure. Looks pretty dry and swollen. After the cold hosing, treat it with whatever topical antibotic cream recommended.

blue eyed pony 08-04-2012 02:46 PM

That is GOING to get infected unless you dress it somehow. Too late to stitch it now, even if stitches were going to hold it...

Honestly I would wrap the whole foot, and pastern, and fetlock. Tape it at the top with an adhesive tape or bandage that will stretch a little but not a lot. And change that dressing at least every 2 days, preferably daily.

AND I would not keep her in the pasture as too much movement will inhibit healing and may prevent it entirely.

I will share a story of a broken bone - my mother's - to put into perspective how much movement can damage the healing process.

She came off a horse, snapped her humerus. Had a plastic removable "cast" put on it, which was moulded to her arm shape so that it sat the break nicely for it to knit. Was given physio exercises to make sure she didn't lose muscle while it healed.

Did the physio exercises. Every single day, as directed.

The bone would knit, and then when she did the exercises it would snap again from the movement. Eventually it gave up trying to heal. 6 months later, the specialist decided she needed surgery. 5 weeks after that, she got in for her op. It's since been ANOTHER 8 AND A HALF MONTHS and it's STILL not 100%.

Movement inhibits healing. And may stop it entirely. I know bones are different to skin but if it tries to heal and then is ripped open every time it begins to knit it will eventually give up trying. SOME movement is good, but too much is detrimental. Pasture will not be good for this mare, a stall and hand-walking daily will.

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