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post #1 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Desperate to keep a bandage in place on a real leg.

Greetings,
First, sorry to make my first posting one of desperation, but that's how it is right now.

I have a wonderful disposition 18 year old QH Gelding who got injured during a lightening storm on 8-9. He took off running in the night and really did a number on his right rear leg, just at the knee joint and above; almost to the bone. The wound started out 3" in diameter but has since torn open more as the swelling increased.

Between a vet and I, were keeping it wrapped as well as possible but the bandages keep sliding off even in a small pen. That exposes him to flies, which lead to more infection issues. He's on 30cc penicillin twice a day just to keep the infection at bay. The vet thinks with 6 months of clean care we have a chance. My problem is keeping that bandage in place.

So,
To those of you who have "been there, done that" is there some sling or other process that works in keeping the bandage in place on that smooth tapered leg? I've even considered shaving his leg and trying duct tape.

I have a picture of the taping I'm trying to do, stacked from the hoof up just to hold it in place. That seems to slid off too.

I'm open to suggestions. He's my grand kid trainer and deserves all the best I can provide for him.

Thanks in advance,
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post #2 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 03:49 PM
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Hoping that @Avna will see your thread. She has been dealing with a hock injury on her pony that resulted in a difficult-to-heal wound. You can read her thread to see the "neck cradle" she constructed to keep the pony off the bandage
https://www.horseforum.com/horse-hea...-alone-803861/
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post #3 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 03:50 PM
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Some sort of suspender that goes up over the hip might help?
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post #4 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 04:08 PM
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Nasty wound!

Bandaging a hock is tricky because of the shape of the leg and damage can easily be done to the point of the hock if there is to much pressure on it.

I found this video which shows how to wrap the hock, the only thing I would do differently is to apply a stable bandage to the lower leg FIRST. This helps hold the hock bandage from slipping down.

One other thing I would suggest is you get PF Wonder Salve, https://pfwondersalve.com if you look at the before and after pictures (the flank injury was a colt of mine) it really does help this type of wound heal quickly with minimal scar tissue.

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post #5 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 04:30 PM
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It doesn't sound like he is bothering it, just that it's not holding up correct? And those pictures are not of your horse correct?

I agree with just experimenting and experimenting unfortunately that's notoriously hard to wrap. Don't be afraid to get creative! Of course swelling doesn't help either. Is he on bute or something?

It would be helpful to see pictures of your horse, I would try a figure 8 type of thing but it's very dependent on where (and how) the wound is. Are the bandages sliding down?

You may also need to get creative with different options, maybe he just can't be outside, maybe you can rig up something to keep the flies off better (idk if it's ok to expose it to air at all, but the flies are of course the even bigger problem). I would also put something like swat liberally around the wound to try and keep the bugs away.

How is he getting the penicillin? I wonder if there may be a better drug for him. Does he have an infection or is this a preventative?

Also, not to sound picky but the "knee" is high up next to his body (better known as the stifle in horses) this is his hock (equivalent to a humans heel), I just wanted to mention because I thought you were talking about a completely different body part until I saw your example pics ;)
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post #6 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 04:32 PM
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Thanks, Yogi- I misunderstood the problem for why it wasn't staying on.
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Thanks, Yogi- I misunderstood the problem for why it wasn't staying on.
I think we just need more info! As you know what works well for one situation may not work for another, just need to figure out what this situation is first lol
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It doesn't sound like he is bothering it, just that it's not holding up correct?
Yes, he's not bother it. The wraps slide down on their own.

And those pictures are not of your horse correct?
That's my horse's leg in the pictures I attached, Left leg. I wrote right for some odd reason this morning.

I agree with just experimenting and experimenting unfortunately that's notoriously hard to wrap. Don't be afraid to get creative! Of course swelling doesn't help either. Is he on bute or something?
Pennicillian and balm only. The swelling is the problem. Wrapping a hock that is swollen like a football is a far different application than one that is not. There is nothing lower to build off of, hence the attempt at a "boot" to hold the wrapping up.

It would be helpful to see pictures of your horse, I would try a figure 8 type of thing but it's very dependent on where (and how) the wound is. Are the bandages sliding down?
Yes, they are working their way down over the course of the day.

You may also need to get creative with different options, maybe he just can't be outside, maybe you can rig up something to keep the flies off better (idk if it's ok to expose it to air at all, but the flies are of course the even bigger problem). I would also put something like swat liberally around the wound to try and keep the bugs away.
Already using fly repellent including SWAT brand cream.

How is he getting the penicillin? I wonder if there may be a better drug for him. Does he have an infection or is this a preventative?
Injections twice a day. It's infected. We're trying to keep it out of the bone. It had a day to collect fly eggs before it he was found injured.

Also, not to sound picky but the "knee" is high up next to his body (better known as the stifle in horses) this is his hock (equivalent to a humans heel), I just wanted to mention because I thought you were talking about a completely different body part until I saw your example pics ;)
Yup. My bad.
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post #9 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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I found this on Amazon.com. It looks like it might be a reasonable item to anchor the rest of the bandages to.
Any opinions?

https://www.amazon.com/Ice-Horse-Sti...-goods&sr=1-27
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post #10 of 30 Old 08-14-2019, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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I over night ordered one. We have high hopes of keeping everything in place with it.
I'll keep you all posted if it works out, or if it does not.
Thanks for all the suggestions and concerns. It's rough when a good horse gets injured beyond the ability to address properly.
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