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dustytrails 11-25-2008 04:23 PM

A mishap with barbed wire...(graphic)
Recently my horse got loose from my hand and after running 5 miles down a country road he ran into a iced over beaver pond and was stopped by a submerged 4 strand barbed wire fence.

In order to save him from the 20 degree F temp and the 32 degree water I had to swim out to him, cut the 4 strands and remove it from his legs. He is 15 hh and the water was up past his withers. That made for some really deep water, for I am only 5 foot 6 inches. He was in the water for approx 45 minutes and I was in the water for approx 20 minutes. It was very difficult to cut the wire with the freezing conditions, as I could NOT feel anything and my body was to the point of actually hurting from the conditions.

Long story short, he ended up with some open wounds on his hind legs. This happened 24 days ago, and I am finally seeing some progress. One thing I have going for me is the weather. It has been cold, no flys and bus to fester with the injury.

I wanted to post some pictures for educational purposes and to ask a question about the possibility of proud flesh, but am new to this forum and don't know if that graphic of a picture would be acceptable. If anyone could tell me if posting this picture would be okay, please let me know. I would like the opinions on the recovery process and if anyone believes that what I am seeing is proud flesh or not...

Thank you!


Painted Ride 11-25-2008 04:35 PM

post the pics away....someone posted a photo of a horse who sliced half of his cheat off and it was allowed. people are allowed to post graphci photos juts warn ppl that they will be graphic. i would love to see the photos.

dustytrails 11-25-2008 04:47 PM

These pictures could be considered graphic.....

They were taken last Thursday and since then all of the scab is removed. I have been treating it with wonder dust and sometimes furozone (SP??) I don't use the furozone anymore, since I want it to dry up (I think...)

I will post these pictures now, and add additional ones that will show a one week progression.

Thanks for any advice or comments...

This is only one of the legs, but the worst of the two.

dustytrails 11-25-2008 04:55 PM

I should add... I have been cleaning it every 2-3 days with antibacterial soap and warm water. Scrubbing it to remove any scabbing and buildup of wonder dust...

iridehorses 11-25-2008 05:08 PM

Welcome to the forum Dusty.

It's hard to tell if it will proud over but for severe cuts and even worse, I've used Underwoods Medicine very successfully. Underwood Horse Medicine - Wynnewood Oklahoma

dustytrails 11-25-2008 07:27 PM


I made a mistake, the following photos were taken on 11/20, the previous were taken on 11/14. I do see progress, but was still wondering what other fellow horse people would think of it. (I see the wound everyday!):shock:

Thanks everyone and anyone whom may add any insite or info.:-) I appreciate it!


RusticWildFire 11-25-2008 07:34 PM

Wow! Ouch!! I am not great at things like this as I have little experience but for wounds I have always used Corona ointment and wrapped them..but you may want to leave it open too..that may be better for it. I'm not sure! But the Corona has always worked for me until it starts to heal and then I leave it open.

dustytrails 11-25-2008 07:42 PM

I am leaving it open, so far, to let it stay clean plus it is on the joint. From my experience any open wound below the knee I use Wonder Dust. It works great (as far as my experiences go...) Corona is a great tool too, I just think since I am risking the proud flesh I need to use the dust???? It is really a guessing game! All I know is he is NOT getting any better MENTALLY with this. He is getting really "sore" even when he sees me coming toward him with the warm water and soap. The poor guy!!

Peggysue 11-25-2008 07:49 PM

I second the Underwoods it is AMAZING stuff and no water is needed!!! take a look at the pics on that website and I can give you the email of somebody who has some nasty pics of a wound she treated with it

dustytrails 11-25-2008 08:00 PM

I took your advice (both of your advice) and ordered some of their product. No cleaning??!! Are you kidding, I can't wait! YAHOO!! One less painful moment for the poor guy! THANKS!!

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