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post #1 of 8 Old 02-10-2019, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Extremely clumsily appendix *warning: gory photo*

I found my mare with this cut on her face that happened sometime within 24 hours of me seeing it. I’m pretty sure she was eating and got spooked (her pen is right next to a feed lot and she’s still getting used to cattle) and raised her head up too quickly and scraped it on something. I’ve looked everywhere and haven’t found what she could’ve possibly hit it on. Anyway, I’ve never had a horse get this bad of a cut anywhere let alone on the face and I was wondering if anybody has any tips on how to treat it best or if there is anything I should know about face cuts, or cuts down to the bone like this one (everything in the photo that isn’t hair/skin is bone with dried blood on it)?? This happened three days ago and since then I’ve been running water over it for as long as she’ll let me (usually just a couple minutes before she starts to sit back in her halter), then picking out as much hay/grass/dirt as I can. I’ll then spray Vetrasil on it. I have the name brand version of Wound Wash (generic) but can’t quite remember what it’s called, I put that on last. I tried taping gauze on with vet flex wrap but she tore it off immediately so I’ve been leaving it open because I’m scared that in the process of trying to take the bandage off she’ll make the cut worse. I tried stapling the excess skin back on but she wouldn’t let me and it is now way too late to do so. I’m thinking I’m going to have to cut off the excess dead skin that you can see hanging on the bottom in the photo. Sorry this was so lengthy but if you have any tips or something I should know please let me know!!! I just want to make sure it scars as little as possible and heals well without infection. Thank you!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-10-2019, 08:23 PM
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My very strong recommendation is to call a vet and see how much they can save or needs removing by clean sterile anesthetized procedure...
Whether you thought that skin was dead or not what you did cutting off tissue like that could of got you killed by a reaction from your horse objecting to you cutting against them...there are still nerves in that tissue alive...
That laceration is not clean, it is full of debris and needs a professionals attention and soon before it festers and creates more injury than you can imagine...
Right now you are looking at months of bare bone and possibly difficulty in recovering skin let alone hair growth...
I can't stress enough you need professional medical help and now...you have nearly lost the golden time-frame that they can do something...
Flaps of skin no matter where on the body are a emergent condition of a vet needed...she needed stitches and proper cleansing and medications applied 3 days ago..now time is critically short..
Please, call the vet.



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post #3 of 8 Old 02-10-2019, 08:30 PM
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I would have called the vet for that, to sew that flap back up. If that flap heals crumpled down like that, it is going to make a bump that the vet is going to have to remove...
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-10-2019, 08:41 PM
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Needed a vet to clean and stitch it. Good thing she wouldn't let you staple it closed would of trapped dirt and debris would of had a major infection brew up. Call a vet.
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I would have called the vet to see if they could stitch it, but that doesn't mean that it won't heal with what you have going now. I don't think the vet can stitch it at this point given it's been 3 days. Given that, it will scar, not look pretty, and take a lot longer to heal. Depending on your knowledge and experience you could close it up on your own without a vet. I estimate a month to 6 weeks of diligent cleaning and bandaging.

I would look at a few different options as far as treating it given the horses personality and tolerance, and what supplies and medicines you have on hand.

First thing is you should hose it off or flush it off with some water daily for the next few days to remove any debris. Flush it for a good 10 minutes.
Secondly I would dab it gently with dilute betadine to keep it clean. Don't scrub, just dab.
Third I would make a "bandaid" out of gauze/tefla pad and elasticon, put some antibiotic ointment on it and put that on to keep it covered and clean. Don't put it on tight, just loosely and covered/sealed completely. I would do this for 1-2 weeks depending on how it looks, then reevaluate. I don't mean wrap elasticon around her whole face, just make a square bandage from it. Rub the elasticon inot the hair to get it to stick on.
If that didn't stick then I would try either a salve(like sylvadine) over it to help keep it covered apply 1-2x a day, or I would use wonder dust as a last resort.
Lastly I would keep a fly mask over her face, but buy one of those long ones that won't rub on it, maybe one of those with a wire in it, and keep it on until it's closed.

I would do that to start, then check on the flap of skin, and if it begins interfering with the healing process have it removed so it can continue healing. I have personally done this with a scalpel, but only if your horse is going to let you.

Once it starts closing up and gets to the size of a dime or smaller then I would stop using the bandage and switch over to just wonder dust, keep the fly mask on until it's completely scabbed over. Getting to this could take 2-4 weeks, but after the wound starts draining less in the first week or so you can leave the bandage on for 2 days, then 3, but I wouldn't leave it on longer than 3 days.

Hopefully you will not have a fight with proud flesh here.

Good luck, I've seen much worse! You can do it!

PS. You can also super glue wounds like that in the event you can't stitch or staple it. No personal experience on that one but I've got a friend who's used it to close and cover cuts.
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@horselovinguy thank you for your advice and warm welcome. i apoligize if the post was not clear but just for your information, i did not cut anything off of my horses face and would never do that on my own. i said that because that is what i was told the vet might have to do by the owner of the farm.
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I had a calf get cut in a crowding pen coming down into a load out chute. There was a triangular section of hide tore completely off her shoulder that had three 10" legs. I found the piece of hide and took it with me to the vet. He cleaned it and said it was a waste of time to try and sew the hide back on even though I had thrown it in the ice chest. It was the middle of summer and the peak of fly time. I told him I would call the locker plant and see if they could take her in a slaughter her even though she only weighed 500#. He said why? He said it would all grow back in 2-3 months and even have hair (no scar). He gave me an aerosol spray can of Screw Worm Aerosol made by AGRIpharm. It is a blue spray and he said to spray it on every couple of days until the wound formed a dry look not a scab, but a protective cover. He said the spray would keep the flies and bugs out till then. That was in the spring and I took that calf in to the Sale Barn in September and you could not tell anything had happened to it. Full hair growth that matched in perfect with the hair around it. I still use that spray on all bad livestock cuts that we get.
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When I was a girl we had a leppy colt. He was at that point a two year old. Ever bendy, he would reach far under the fence to sneak bites of green. One day he either spooked or got stuck, and when he pulled his head back it tore off the side of his face. I am not over exaggerating either, and his whole cheek lay hanging off.

There were no vets around at that time frame. My father is talented in those situations, and was usually who was called anyways. We tied and held the horse down (we didnít have anything to drug at the time), and he cleaned him up well and sewed his face back where it belonged. Although he was fast, the damage was so extensive that it was a two hour ordeal.

After doctoring him for a while his face looked perfectly normal besides the scar which outlined all of the sewing. He was a beautiful horse, probably one of the prettiest horses I have seen.

Now that I have told an irrelevant story of when I have seen a bad cut on a face, I will also agree with the above poster who said it probably will heal nice enough even if the vet must cut off the flap.

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