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Pilot 05-12-2011 05:44 PM

Skin off of the pastern
I got a new filly almost 3 weeks ago and she (this is what I'm guessing happened) was climbing the wooden fence..slipped.. and the board took a 3in. by 1 1/2 in area of skin off right on top of her pastern nearly all the way down to her hoof. I rinsed it with saline solution and banaged it. It was hardly bleeding (because of it being all the way to the fatty tissue where there isn't much blood flow) but I wanted to prevent further infection for the first 24 hrs. I took off the banadage to let it get air and drain and rinsed it with saline solution almost 2ce a day for the next week. For the past week or so I've been letting it heal on its own.
What I'm worried about is proud flesh causeing lameness or lack of function later on. She is okay right now and is hyper and loves to run and play. But, when she scraped it a bump or layer of skin was over the top, superior part of the wound. It doesn't have much of a scab but I'm hopeing that when the scab heals that the extra bulge of skin will go with it.
What do you recommend I do? I can't really afford a vet bill at the moment.

Pilot 05-17-2011 03:43 PM

23 views and a few days yet no replies? :(

gigem88 05-17-2011 03:45 PM

Have you tried Vetricyn spray gel? It's expensive but very effective.

gigem88 05-17-2011 03:47 PM

If you have a dead skin flap, cut it off! My mare scraped about a 2 inch by 1 inch on her nose and had to cut it off. Used the Vetricyn and you can't tell where she cut it.

Pilot 06-02-2011 08:11 PM

Its not really a flap of skin i guess...its more of a bump (or so I think..Its hard to tell without a skin layer)

It has scabbed and is slowly decreasing in size...I don't believe this will have any soundness issues. Today I was watching the filly run and never before have I seen a yearling run so quickly. She made my mare look bad :)
I'm already considering racing her or barrels with her already showing major speed.

LetAGrlShowU 06-03-2011 08:12 AM

I would have a vet look at it. Part of horse ownership is being able to call the vet when need be, this might be one of those times. Maybe ask the vet to work out a payment plan. As with any animal, if you cant afford to keep it, you shouldnt have bought in the first place.

Pilot 04-04-2012 09:54 PM

I rescued her because she was underfed. I'm buying her 14% feed which already cuts a deep hole in my wallet as I make only $15/week and have to pay for everything dealing with my horses. So monthly worming, feeding, and farrier visits really add up.

Pilot 04-04-2012 09:55 PM

She has a scar but it has healed up well. I rinsed it with saline solution and put ointment on it and wrapped it until it had drained well and was ready to scab over.

Mazza007 04-05-2012 06:44 AM

Honey is the old bush treatment to prevent scarring and in particular stop proud flesh forming.
"Manuka" honey works wonders...just smear it on several times a day , it stops more proud flesh from forming and seems to somehow disolve proud flesh that has already formed. My horse had a bad gash which now doesnt have any scar at all!
I bought it in the supermarket but if you cant find it there my friends bought "medicinal honey" at the pharmacy and said that works well to.

Give it a go..You will be amazed!

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