ok so my mare got into a fight with another horse through a fence line a couple weeks ago and cut up her right hind leg pretty good. its been healing pretty well but yesterday i noticed that she is developing proud flesh in two spots. they are not big but the poor girls got enough scars as it is from previous injuries and i really don't want to end up with more scars if i can avoid it. so my question is does anybody know of an easy was of removing proud flesh or discourging its growth without having a vet lance it or using an acid? everything is healing really clean but i REALLY want to get rid of the proud flesh. thanks!!
You could probably use human anti-scarring cream. I've heard aloe vera helps as well.
Here is a link to another discussion about this: http://www.equinerescue.info/flesh.txt
Call your vet, and ask.
this is going to sound kind of weird but we use Preparation H (the hemorrhoid cream) on proud flesh and it works wonders. We had a horse who was blind in one eye and she had gotten a big gash above that eye by her feeding post. We called the vet and he said he couldnt put stitches in it because when she blinked it would rip out the sitches. He told us to use the Preparation H after cleaning it with betadine water. We did and she had a scar that you could barely see which was awesome because the gash was in a V shape so it would of scarred BAD. We have also used it on other occasions and it helps SO much with proud flesh. Best thing about it is you can use the generic kind. WORST thing about it is you have to go to the store and BUY it lol
Charlene, I've also heard of preparation-H being used too. When T had a horrible gash on her lower back leg and started to develop proud flesh, I researched and found a product called Equaide. It doesn't harm the healthy tissue like so many other products out there do. She healed beautifully and you can barely even see a scar.
Proud Flesh - Horse Wound Care
a crazy boarder brought me an OTTB with a gash on its leg that had been open for 8 months and would not heal.. had issues with proud flesh to. The vet gave me 10cc of dex and told me to mix 4 oz of DMSO gel in a jar of furazone. It has worked wonders on that horse and others.
Wonder Dust or Underwoods then heavy coating with baking powder.
I do hydrotherapy for 15 mins twice daily - you want the area to be red and bleed some - it will increase blood flow and help debried the area so it will granulate in better.
My friend has a rescue mare who has had this problem for over a year. She has had the vet out twice and the flesh has been lanced on both occasions while a sedation was given. He has given her a acid solution to apply which reduces the area and the flesh then tends to dry up like a scab before dropping off. But just as you think it has nearly gone - bang there it and as big as ever, it just wont stop growing. My friend has tried all kinds of preparations.
My point is get the vet out to see your horse as it will be easier to treat a small area, and this may stop you running into the problems my friend is having one year on.
Consider this too...Sometimes the scar will decrease in size over time by itself. This is often true if you have been keeping it clean, not interfering with it's natural healing process. I'm not sure I would want to interfere with this process, it can wind up infecting or aggravating it, and making matters far worse. There are some chemicals on the market that actually inflame the injury, and will then result in a larger scar tissue size.
This too may depend on your horses particular ability to handle whatever remedy you may decide to use. Whenever practical, I allow the natural defense systems to handle what they were designed to do. Just a little assistance with keeping the area free from dirt, further injury, etc. is usually all that is needed.
Either way, good luck -Lw
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