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6W Ranch 02-13-2013 07:52 PM

Pastern Injury On Filly **Graphic Photos**
Photos taken over 5 day span. This filly came in from the pasture 5 days ago, on Feb. 8th, with a gash on her hind pastern. I prefer to wrap an area like this, but she is still a little bit of a bronc. I think with another week of handling I'll be comfortable wrapping. We don't have enough trust yet, so I'm playing it safe. She hasn't offered to kick, or act flighty when I paint the salve on, but taking my time, and will "brush" her a good bit with cotton padding before I wrap.

The last photo shows around 1/4" of new growth (gray edge in photo), so she's coming along well in spite of not have wound wrapped.

goneriding 02-13-2013 08:00 PM

What are you putting on it?

stevenson 02-13-2013 08:03 PM

that looks infected and growing proud flesh. what are you painting on it? you need to get something different on there .

demonwolfmoon 02-13-2013 08:04 PM

That definitely does not look good...

goneriding 02-13-2013 08:07 PM

So much dirt/debris around the wound. If she did not offer to kick and let you salve her, why not try to clean and wrap it?

spirit88 02-13-2013 08:21 PM

That looks dirty and getting infected.
You need a vet to come clean it out good and shave the hair away from wound.
That's why all young horses need to be handled so when hurt they can be treated and handled without an issue...

6W Ranch 02-13-2013 08:23 PM

Nana just has to help. Thanks for the tips and advice. I'll be sure and post pics again in a couple days. It's not infected, and there's no excessive tissue granulation. Her hing leg is swollen from kicking in the stock the first day I got her up. That will go down, and I haven't doctored her in the stock since the first day. Our stock has steel rails that are lower than normal since it was added to an existing pen. The first day she kicked and nailed the steel rail while I was cleaning.

I'll post more photos in the coming days, and you'll see it's not infected, nor does she have proud flesh.

Many people don't realize that proud flesh is tissue raised about the normal tissue. Her's is not raised above, and the tissue is very healthy and smooth. The salve is antibacterial & antifungal. It stays put until I clean it off with saline. The wound bed stays very clean and protected with coating of salve.

Chiilaa 02-13-2013 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by 6W Ranch (Post 1893334)
Many people don't realize that proud flesh is tissue raised about the normal tissue.

Actually, proud flesh is NOT tissue raised above normal tissue, it's the term used when granulation tissues is grown higher than the skin level, but granulation starts deep in the wound. It starts forming on the base of the wound bed, and will fill the wound as it tries to heal it. That wound is clearly starting to granulate, as you can see from the deep pink of the flesh, with the typical "buds" forming. The wound desperately needs to be wrapped to prevent the granulation exceeding the wound boundaries, and the best way would be to call a vet to assist you the first time so you can figure out a safe way to do it. It may be that she needs to be sedated to get it done, or you might be able to twitch her. Either way, it needs to be seen by a qualified veterinarian who can then decide on an appropriate course of action from this point. It definitely should have been seen from the start - looking at that wound, I wonder if it could have been stitched, which would have really benefited the treatment greatly.

6W Ranch 02-13-2013 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by stevenson (Post 1893297)
that looks infected and growing proud flesh. what are you painting on it? you need to get something different on there .

Thanks for the advice, but based on these, and other results I've gotten in the past, I'm going to stick with what's proven to work for me. This is a filly that was bought at a sale for killer price. She was injured at the sale. She's actually quite fancy, so it was hugely rewarding to save her. I did the same thing with her that I'm doing with this filly. Only difference is I wrapped the one shown below. Like I mentioned, soon I will start wrapping the filly with the injured pastern.

I don't want to hose the wound too much which is why it looks dirty. The wound itself is clean and I use saline on it. I'd be happier if it were wrapped, but it will have to wait a few days.

Golden Horse 02-13-2013 10:06 PM

That sort of situation is why I always have Underwoods on hand, it does a great job when you can't wrap for whatever reason, highly highly recommend it.

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